The Southern Wisconsin Immunization Coalition was initially funded by Dean Health Insurance, Unity Health Plan, and continues to be funded through the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative.
The Coalition was created to address the disparities between Columbia, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, and Sauk counties. We look to address multi-jurisdictional issues and root causes of low immunization rates.
Immunizations have a long, successful history.
It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it after it occurs.
Diseases that used to be common in this country and around the world, including polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, rotavirus and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) can now be prevented by vaccination. Thanks to a vaccine, one of the most terrible diseases in history – smallpox – no longer exists outside the laboratory. Over the years vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives.
Vaccines are among the most cost-effective clinical preventive services. Childhood immunization programs provide a very high return on investment. For example, for each birth cohort vaccinated with the routine immunization schedule (this includes DTap, Td, Hib, Polio, MMR, Hep B, and varicella vaccines), society:
- Saves 33,000 lives.
- Prevents 14 million cases of disease.
- Reduces direct health care costs by $9.9 billion.
- Saves $33.4 billion in indirect costs.
To learn more about the history of vaccines, you can visit historyofvaccines.org