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 influenzae. 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.
In the spotlight
- Listen as Matt Lepay, the voice of the Wisconsin Badgers football and basketball teams, encourages everyone to get their flu shot! public service announcements - Take one for the team, Don't get sacked
- Student Immunization Law: updates and materials for 2016-2017
- Perinatal hepatitis B grant activities (PDF, 79 KB)
- Meningococcal outbreak in Chicago: vaccine availability at LHDs and Tribal Health Centers (PDF, 123 KB)
- PCV13 and PPSV23 recommendations for adults aged 65 years and older (PDF, 155 KB)
- Guidance for vaccinating children during the 2015-2016 Pentacel manufacturing delay
- Introduction of serogroup B meningococcal vaccine (PDF, 69 KB)
- Vaccinate pregnant women with influenza and Tdap vaccines (PDF, 122 KB)
- Parent access to their child's immunization records
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Wisconsin Immunization Program