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PUB-035: Improving Immunization Rates

 
Improving Immunization Rates: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) recognizes the enormous benefits immunizations have brought to public health. Therefore the Society will work to improve immunization rates in the following areas:

Statewide
The Society:

  • Recognizes that routine childhood and adult vaccinations as described by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have made a positive impact on public health.
  • Supports the Wisconsin Immunization Program.
  • Promotes the participation of its members in immunization efforts in conjunction with local, state or federal government agencies and other private service organizations.
  • Supports accessible education for physicians and the public about the benefits and importance of immunization.
  • Will promote efforts to overcome “immunization hesitancy” broughtabout by fear, misinformation, and other factors.
  • Will support efforts to obtain government funds for the purchase and administration of vaccines to allow governmental and private groups to provide immunizations at no cost to those in need.
  • Believes that local, state or federal government funds for immunization programs should be obtained from new revenues and not deducted from other health or human service programs.

 
Immunization Registry
The Society:

  • Believes an immunization program should continue to maintain the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) and encourage Wisconsin providers to use WIR for immunization records.
  • Will work with involved parties, including providers of immunizations, municipalities, and legislative bodies as needed, to promote timely registration of all immunizations by the entity providing those medical services.

 
Child Immunization
The Society:

  • Supports Wisconsin’s immunization schedule for infants and preschoolers, including continuation of the universal infant Hepatitis B immunization program.
  • Supports and promotes routine immunization for children as an entitlement for all children living in Wisconsin.
  • Encourages physicians to promote the adolescent immunization schedule and understand its complexities.
  • Will educate physicians that local health departments are prohibited from using state-supplied vaccines to immunize patients that have insurance coverage for vaccine services.

 
Adult Immunization
The Society:

  • Encourages physicians to recommend and administer appropriate immunizations for their adult patients at the time patients receive care in the hospital and in ambulatory care settings.
  • Will educate physicians that local health departments are prohibited from using state-supplied vaccines to immunize patients that have insurance coverage for vaccine services.

 
The Physician’s Role
The Society:

  • Supports the development and implementation of clear guidelines that address availability and equitable distribution of vaccines, in both endemic and epidemic situations.
  • Supports the role of the AMA in such guideline development nationally and the role of the Wisconsin Medical Society in such guideline development locally.
  • Encourages physicians and other health and medical workers (in practice and in training) to set positive examples by assuring that they are completely immunized.
  • Encourages physicians to routinely review patients’ immunizations. (HOD, 0415)