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Immunizations: Wisconsin Immunization Program

Vaccines prevent disease

Immunizations are one of the greatest achievements in public health. They also are called vaccinations. Before vaccines, many children died from diseases like measles, pertussis (whooping cough), and Haemophilus influenzae. Vaccines now prevent those and many other diseases.

If you get a vaccine, it prevents you from getting sick from that disease. If enough people in one area get the vaccine, the disease doesn’t have much chance to spread. That means the entire community is better protected.

Decades ago, people in our country began getting vaccines on a regular basis. That greatly reduced the spread of diseases prevented by vaccines. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause these diseases still exist. Some of them can make you very sick. Some are deadly. Vaccines are the best way to prevent serious illness or death from these diseases.

About our program


The vision of the Wisconsin Immunization Program is to eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases through immunization.


Our mission is to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases. We can stop disease with effective immunization programs and outbreak control measures.

  • The steps to reach our mission are to: Improve the effectiveness of vaccine delivery systems.
  • Increase vaccine access for all.
  • Identify and end preventable health differences between racial, ethnic, and other groups.
  • Protect the community through high vaccine rates.
  • Use the current evidence, best practices, and guidance from trusted partners in all parts of our work.

View state immunization rate data

New funding opportunity

Routine Immunization Community Engagement (RICE) 3.0 application open now!

We are happy to announce that we will have a third iteration of the RICE Grant Program.

The request for applications (RFA) and associated documents for the application are posted at Wisconsin Public Notices RICE 3.0 Grant

  • Applications are open from February 21, 2024 – April 3, 2024 (closes 11:59 p.m. CST).
  • The funding period for this grant will be from July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025.
  • 12 awardees (six pediatric-focused, six adult-focused) will be awarded a maximum amount of $40,000.
  • All previous and current RICE grantees are eligible to apply for this third iteration of the grant.
  • A virtual question and answer session will be held on March 8, 2024, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (CST)

For any questions regarding the RICE 3.0 Grant, email

Annual flu vaccine updates

The 2023-2024 Annual Flu Vaccination letter is available. The letter summarizes the 2023-2024 Advisory Council on Immunization Practices recommendations.

Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practices

Learn about the Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practices. Read the program’s mission and see a list of members.

Contact us

Program contact information

Immunization program

WIR help desk

VFC program

VFA Program

Immunization Program regional staff

Madison Regional Office

Wilmot Valhmu

Eau Claire Regional Office

Shayna Nickell

Green Bay Regional Office

Susan Nelson

Rhinelander Regional Office

Christie Larmie

Milwaukee Regional Office

Monica Thakur

Last revised February 27, 2024