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Getting your child up to date on immunizations before school

MADISON (WKOW) -- All students attending Wisconsin public schools must show proof they have satisfied certain, minimum requirements regarding vaccination against certain communicable diseases.

Vaccination requirements vary by age/grade level.  The Wisconsin Dept. of Public Health Services' website provides information regarding what vaccinations are required as well as how many doses are necessary at various ages/grade levels.

The requirement for immunizations can be waived due to personal, health, or religious reason.  Documentation including a physician's signature is required if you request your child be immune from certain vaccine requirements due to health concerns.

Dan Hopfensperger of the Wisconsin Immunization Program encourages everyone who can to get all the required vaccines.

"We are concerned about [waivers]," said Hopfensberger.  "We are trying to keep a handle on the number of people who opt for these waivers."

About 4-percent of students in the Madison Metropolitan School District are not vaccinated against all diseases listed or have not received the required dosage for their age/grade level, according to the district.

For those who do not have insurance to cover these immunizations, counties across Wisconsin generally provide free clinics to help get your child the vaccines recommended.

In Dane County, Public Health Immunization Clinics in Madison, Middleton, Verona, Stoughton and Sun Prairie provide free vaccinations to uninsured patients. 

If you have insurance, you are encouraged to get your child vaccinated at his or her normal healthcare provider.

"Those clinics really are targeted for people who are uninsured and shouldn't be used by the general public," said Freddi Adelson, Health Services Coordinator for the Madison Metropolitan School District.

For more information regarding the locations of Dane County's free clinics and dates they provide free immunizations, click here.

The Madison Metropolitan School District also recommends you visit one of the following sites for more information regarding general information about vaccines:

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)

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