As you were stocking up on your back-to-school supplies, did you forget to also take stock of your children’s vaccine status? Vaccine recommendations change over time so it’s a great idea to add this item to your annual back-to-school checklist. Most Wisconsin doctors enter vaccine dates into the Wisconsin Immunization Registry, where you can review current vaccine schedules or access your child’s record.

Annual flu shots also are recommended for adults and children older than 6 months of age. Although the flu shot is safe for infants younger than 6 months, the vaccine doesn’t work for them. That’s why it’s very important to make sure everyone around them is vaccinated. Older adults and anyone with a chronic medical condition are also at increased risk if they catch the flu. Do your part. Protect yourself and your loved ones, too.

More immunization information can be found on our website, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics websites, or by contacting your pediatrician.

Lyn Ranta, MD~ Lyn Ranta, MD, director of Physician Affairs, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Dr. Ranta is a co-leader of Children’s Hospital’s immunization initiative, and she treated children as a community pediatrician for more than 20 years.


Why it’s important that your family stays up-to-date on vaccines — 2 Comments

  1. I attempted to check my two year-old’s records via the registry. It cannot find his record — here’s the error:

    Possible match found, but no SSN stored in the registry.
    Please contact your health care provider.

    Should I simply connect with the front receptionist team to let them know about this issue?
    P.S. We see one of Children’s Medical group pediatric groups, if that makes a difference.

  2. We are so glad that you are interested in using the Wisconsin Immunization Registry.

    Contact your Children’s Medical Group provider and they can load your child’s social security number for you and then you will be able to access the records.