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Keep your family and yourself healthy this holiday season by getting a flu shot! Are you a patient or parent looking for more information about the flu shot? You can find more information on the Wisconsin Influenza (flu) page or from the CDC. Wondering where you can go to get the flu shot? Visit the Vaccine Finder. 

Are you a health care provider looking for the 2017-2018 vaccine recommendations? You can find them in the 2017-2018 Influenza Vaccine Recommendations letter from the Wisconsin Immunization Program and partners.

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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 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.

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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: November 3, 2017