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.
Annual flu vaccine updates
The 2023-2024 Annual Flu Vaccination letter is now 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.
Program Contact Information
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Immunization Program Regional Staff
Madison Regional OfficeWilmot Valhmu
Eau Claire Regional OfficeShayna Nickell
Green Bay Regional OfficeSusan Nelson
Rhinelander Regional OfficeChristie Larmie
Milwaukee Regional OfficeMonica Thakur