According to experts at the CDC, immunizations are a valuable public health resource, are cost-effective and help fight preventable disease throughout the community. Every child entering a Wisconsin school or attending child care facilities is required to comply with the Wisconsin Student Immunization Law. Required immunizations include diphtheria-tetanus-whooping cough, polio, measles-mumps-rubella, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza type B, varicella and pneumococcal. Meningococcal and human papilloma virus vaccines are recommended for adolescents but are not part of the Law.
Some families choose not to vaccinate their children. Children who are not immunized are at risk of significant disease with related complications and expenses. Children who are not immunized can also transmit disease, and this puts others at risk, such at those receiving chemotherapy.
When community immunization levels drop, the incidence of disease will increase, and the most vulnerable residents are at greatest risk.
Parents are encouraged to check your children’s immunization records to insure that they are protected and ready for a healthy school year. Vaccines for children are available at private providers, and at Public Health Departments. There is no fee for children’s vaccines at Local Health Departments.