Immunization Program

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It is time to get your flu shot!

The best way to avoid getting sick from the flu is to get a flu shot. Everyone aged six months and older should get a flu shot by the end of October every year. If you are looking for more information about how you can avoid getting sick, you can visit our flu webpage. If you are a health care professional, please see the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) summary.

General Information

Immunizations, also called vaccinations, are one of the greatest achievements in public health. Vaccines prevent disease in people who receive them. Additionally, if enough people in the community are vaccinated, the entire community can be protected because there is little opportunity for an outbreak to occur. Before vaccines, many children died from diseases like measles, pertussis (whooping cough), and Haemophilus influenza.

Through the introduction of routine vaccinations, these and other vaccine-preventable diseases occur much less often in the United States. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause these diseases still exist. Vaccinations are the best way to prevent these diseases and the serious effects they can cause.

Need Help?

Contact the WIR Help Desk by phone 608-266-9691 or email.

About Us

What is the Wisconsin Immunization Program's Vision?

To eliminate vaccine preventable disease through immunization.

What is the Wisconsin Immunization Program's Mission?

The Wisconsin Immunization Program, in partnership and collaboration with local partners, strives to eliminate the transmission of vaccine preventable disease through effective immunization programs and outbreak control measures. Utilizing best practice strategies and evidence-based programming, the steps to achieve this mission include:

  • Improving the effectiveness of immunization delivery systems.
  • Increasing immunization access for all.
  • Identifying and eliminating racial, ethnic and other disparities.
  • Protecting the community through high immunization rates.

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Last Revised: November 28, 2018