FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2017
Contact:
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683
Elizabeth Goodsitt, 608-266-1683

DHS Honors Health Care Providers with First Ever "Big Shot Awards"

Recognition goes to providers who make childhood immunization a priority with patients

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is pleased to announce 43 health care providers from around the state are the recipients of the first ever Wisconsin “Big Shot” award from DHS for their efforts to vaccinate children against diseases. The recognition is given to those health care providers who vaccinate 90 percent or more of their young patients based on immunization data collected by DHS.

“Childhood vaccinations are critical to protecting our children and everyone around them from diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, and pertussis, among others,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. “We are pleased to recognize them for their diligence in keeping our children healthy.”

Winners received a certificate they can 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.  

Parents can find out which vaccinations their child needs and at what age on the Wisconsin Immunization Program webpage. They can also keep track of the shots their children have had, and shots they may still need, through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry.

DHS plans to make the “Big Shot” award an annual recognition of health care providers who achieve excellence in ensuring that children receive the vaccinations they need.