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Stay up to date on vaccines, get children vaccinated before school startsSubmitted: 08/11/2017
Katie Thoresen
Katie Thoresen
Senior Producer
kthoresen@wjfw.com

Stay up to date on vaccines, get children vaccinated before school starts
RHINELANDER - As you put together the notebooks, pencils, and everything else your child needs for the new school year, the Oneida County Health Department wants you to add one more thing to that list: vaccinations.

Last winter, Northland Pines and Rhinelander schools had to cancel classes because of a whooping cough outbreak.

Public Health Nurse Jennifer Bates hopes that outbreak will remind people how important it is to get vaccine and booster shots.

"It's nice as a parent to be able to have that power to help protect our kids and protect other kids as well," Bates said.

Different grade levels have different immunization requirements. 

Bates says your medical provider is the best person to go to for vaccines, but the Oneida County Health Department can also help you out. 

"We can also look them up and kind of help guide people," she said. "We can give them to certain groups, certain people. The best thing for them to do to see if they can qualify or see if we have the vaccines we can do here for them, is just to give us a call."

You can also look up your immunization history on the Wisconsin Immunization Registry.

"People can just put WIR in their Google search and it will pop up, and they can look up their self to see what they, what they're due for and that kind of stuff," Bates said.

The link to WIR is below. 


Related Weblinks:
Wisconsin Immunization Registry

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