Immunization Program

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Wisconsin BigShot 2018 winners!

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is pleased to announce that 50 health care providers from around the state are recipients of the second annual Wisconsin "BigShot" Award. It is awarded to health care providers who vaccinate 90% or more of their young patients according to data from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry.

Winners received a certificate to display in their waiting rooms to show patients that they are committed to immunizing children against a variety of illnesses to protect the child and the community. Thank you to all the BigShots winners for your efforts!

Doctor with child, all smiles

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 Division of Public Health 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: September 18, 2018