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DHS expands monkeypox vaccine eligibility criteria

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced Tuesday that it is expanding the eligibility criteria for who can get vaccinated to protect themselves against the monkeypox virus. “Expanding who is eligible to get vaccinated against monkeypox is a critical step in preventing further spread of disease,” DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake said in […]

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Wisconsin launches ‘Say Yes! COVID Test’ website: free tests available for ordering

The Say Yes! COVID Test website has officially launched as of Sept. 1, 2022. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has created these resources for Wisconsinites. It allows Wisconsin residents to get free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests delivered directly to them. Say Yes! COVID Test program The website allows people to place an order […]

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Wisconsin Behavioral Health Providers receive telehealth grants over $2.5 million from DHS, Evers

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) in conjunction with Governor Evers, has recently awarded more than $2.5 million dollars to 27 providers for community behavioral health services across the state of Wisconsin. This initiative is taking place in counties around the state including both Racine and Kenosha. The finances that have been awarded will […]

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Infant formula shortages continue, DHS offers tips

MADISON – Amidst a nationwide infant formula shortage, the Wisconsin Department of Health (DHS) gave updated options this week for parents and caregivers who are providing nutrition for their babies. In February of 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled Abbott’s powder formula. Parents and caregivers have continued to face challenges due to […]

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DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine for Everyone Age 6 Months and Older

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)  recommends the COVID-19 Vaccine for Everyone Age 6 Months and Older. This recommendation is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation that children ages 6 months through 5 years old, should be vaccinated against COVID-19. Children within this age group are now able to […]

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COVID-19 vaccine boosters now recommended for those ages 5 and older

Children ages 5 to 11 years old are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine boosters. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation that children in this age group should receive booster vaccines. Boosters should be given five months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccination series. […]

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COVID-19 Community Levels ‘high’ for Racine, Kenosha, 5 other counties; mask recommendation made by DHS

MADISON – As of May 12, the COVID-19 Community Levels in Racine, Kenosha and five other counties in Wisconsin have been flagged as high. Due to the rising cases, DHS is encouraging residents living in the following counties to wear masks while in public indoor spaces: Barron, Kenosha, La Crosse, Monroe, Racine, Rusk, and Vernon. […]

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’21-’22 School Year FoodShare Benefits to Include Add’l COVID-19 Provision

A new facet of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or FoodShare, has been approved for the 2021-2022 school year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The School Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program will provide food benefits to families that receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the […]

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DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose For Ages 16+

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced Friday that it supports the recent federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that 16- and 17-year-olds receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine. The recommendation calls for the booster to be administered at least six months after the second dose of the […]

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COVID-19 Vaccines Coming Soon for Children Ages 5-11

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced Wednesday that children 5-11 years may soon be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus with the Pfizer vaccine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week authorized Pfizer’s request to expand the emergency use authorization (EUA) to include children ages 5-11. On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease […]

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State Supports COVID-19 Booster Recommendations

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) on Monday announced that it supports the recommendation that a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine should be given to some segments of the population. “Our nation’s leading medical experts reviewed the available data and recommended COVID-19 vaccine booster doses be provided to some people […]