Immunization Information

Dear Families this is a reminder:

Children, especially young ones, are more likely to get very sick from diseases that can be prevented by immunizations. To be fully protected from these diseases, children may need more than one vaccination. For this reason, it takes about seven trips to the doctor to make sure your child has all the recommended shots. Immunizations are required for entry into childcare and school so it is important that you make sure your child is up-to-date.

Parents are responsible for providing the school or child care facility with an up to date copy of their child’s immunization record. Immunization records can be obtained from your medical provider or from the City of Milwaukee Health Department by calling 286-8034. Medical waivers are available for those children who are not medically or otherwise able to be vaccinated. A signature from your child’s health care provider on the waiver form is sufficient for medical waivers, otherwise a parent may sign if it is for religious or personal convictions.

This year, there is even more emphasis on getting the flu vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.

While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as:

• Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.

• Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

• Flu vaccine is an important preventative tool for people with chronic health conditions including but not limited to diabetes, cancer, asthma, heart disease, chronic lung disease, and many more.

• Flu vaccine helps protect women during and after pregnancy

• Flu vaccine can be lifesaving in children

• Flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce the severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.

• Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you.

MPS nurses review student immunization information in our student database system as well as in the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) throughout the school year. Nurses are available on a daily basis to provide families with immunization information, education, and resources for their child’s specific needs.

Please contact your school to share updated immunization information and if you would like to speak with

your school’s nurse.

Due to the current pandemic of COVID-19, the City of Milwaukee has made drive thru flu clinic services available. Vaccines are available at your primary healthcare provider, pharmacies, community health clinics and some work places

Attached are some resources related to where to obtain vaccines as well as immunization questions you may have. Please contact Linda Williams, student health services supervisor, at

willialf@milwaukee.k12.wi.us for further information.

 

 

Immunization Requirements Pamphlet (Milwaukee Health Department) Defend Against the Flu Flyer (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Flu Vaccine Flyer English & Spanish (Children’s Wisconsin)

Student Immunization Record Form (State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services)