November 13, 2012
Claire Smith, 608-266-1683

Wisconsin Immunization Registry Receives Excellence Award

Data Management Process Helps Keep State Residents Current on Vaccine Records

MADISON-Department of Health Services officials today announced that the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR), a secure Internet data system that tracks the immunizations provided to Wisconsin residents, has received the 2012 American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) Center for Excellence Award.

"Public and private health care providers have identified the WIR as a key tool in Wisconsin's efforts to reach and maintain high immunization levels for children in the state," said Dr. Henry Anderson, State Health Officer. "The WIR helps health care providers, individuals, parents and legal guardians stay up-to-date on immunizations and it plays a critical role in protecting against vaccine-preventable diseases."

The AIRA awards are presented annually to programs that actively implement strategies to support immunization program goals. The award recognized Department of Health Services Division of Public Health's efforts to ensure that immunization records for Wisconsin residents are complete and accurate so that individuals receive all needed immunizations. In the last 12 months, parents and legal guardians accessed the WIR more than 35,000 times per month, with a peak of 54,000 times in August, right before children returned to school.

To access the WIR: