School immunization requirements make schools and our community safer and healthier.
Reported individual cases of measles and measles outbreaks in the U.S. involving several states.
The measles outbreak serves as an important reminder that everyone needs to be vaccinated if they have not had the disease in the past. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and pediatricians recommend that children get two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. The first dose is given at 12 to 15 months of age and the second dose usually at 4 to 6 years of age. Children can receive the second dose earlier as long as it is at least 28 days after the first dose.
School immunization requirements make schools and our community safer and healthier. Please continue to follow the recommended immunization schedule for age-appropriate vaccination. The Wisconsin student immunization requirements can be waived for personal conviction, religious, or medical/health reasons. However, these children may be subject to exclusion from school in the event of an outbreak of a disease against which they are not completely immunized.
Parents may view their child's vaccine record through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry public portal For additional measles disease and vaccination information please visit the Wisconsin Division of Public Health Measles' webpage
Parents with children under 19 years of age with private health insurance that covers vaccines should schedule their children’s vaccination appointments with their health care provider rather than at local public health agencies. If your child is uninsured, has BadgerCare or Medical Assistance, or is Native American or Alaska Native, vaccines can be received from the local public health department. Health Department contact information can be found at the Student Health Services webpage.
If your child develops a rash with a fever, they should not attend school and you should call your health care provider. It is important to call the clinic or hospital before taking your child in. We want to make sure all students are well protected against measles. The best way to protect your child is to ensure they have had two doses of the MMR vaccination.