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DHS expands monkeypox vaccine eligibility; 14 cases in Wisconsin

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) this week announced expanded eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine. To date, DHS has been allocated 1,486 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine from the federal government, which is enough vaccine for 743 people to complete the two-dose vaccine series. As of Wednesday, DHS had identified 14 cases of […]

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Kenosha County reports 1st monkeypox case

KENOSHA COUNTY – Kenosha County’s first confirmed case of monkeypox (orthopoxvirus) has been identified, Kenosha County Health Officer Jen Freiheit announced Monday. Contact tracing is underway, and the risk to the general public is low, she added. “While monkeypox is certainly contagious, it does not spread easily from person to person,” Freiheit said in a […]

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‘When it’s rigid, it breaks’: How federal rules and market dominance fueled Wisconsin’s baby formula shortage

by Hope Karnopp / Wisconsin Watch, WisconsinWatch.orgJuly 2, 2022 On a mid-June weekend, Raquel Urbina made seven trips to Milwaukee-area grocery stores in search of the hypoallergenic baby formula she needs to feed her 10-month-old daughter.  She had little time to spare. Her monthly supplemental nutrition benefits through the state’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) […]

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1st monkeypox case confirmed in Wisconsin; what you need to know

On June 30, 2022, the first case of monkeypox/orthopoxvirus was identified in Wisconsin. It was confirmed July 1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been actively monitoring monkeypox infection clusters in non-endemic countries, including the United States, since May 14 of this year. There were 396 confirmed cases of monkeypox/orthopoxvirus in the […]


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 […]


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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Navigating the formula shortage: What Wisconsinites need to know

The United States is facing a national formula shortage. In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of Abbott’s powder formula. Due to this unforeseen circumstance, other formula supply companies have been unable to keep up with demand. Formula serves many types A formula shortage affects more than just infants. Many […]

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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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Medication Collection Boxes at 13 locations in Racine County offer public safety

Medication collection boxes are available throughout the Racine County community. Authorized collection sites in Racine County serve to safely dispose of leftover medications or unused prescriptions. Racine County has 13 official medication boxes available for use. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) provides insight into the crucial role that medication collection boxes provide. “Stored […]

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Doctors debate, patients suffer: The fight over chronic Lyme disease in Wisconsin

by Zhen Wang / Wisconsin Watch, WisconsinWatch.orgMarch 10, 2022 Wisconsin Watch is a nonprofit newsroom that focuses on government integrity and quality of life issues. Sign up for our newsletter for more stories straight to your inbox. If life had gone as planned, Maria Alice Lima Freitas would be in medical school, inspired by the career of […]

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Spring Break Travels: Take COVID-19 Precautions Before, During, and After Says DHS

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is encouraging Wisconsinites planning or returning from spring break travels to take simple public health precautions to prevent illness against COVID-19. COVID-19 case infections are decreased and declining at this time. However, students and other travelers may still become infected or spread COVID-19 to others. After returning home […]

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36,000 Pokes Later: Regency Mall COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Marks One-Year Anniversary

RACINE – Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Regency Mall, 5538 Durand Ave. The clinic is funded through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and operated by AMI Expeditionary Healthcare. It was established to help ensure the Racine County community had consistent and equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccines. “Our […]

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FoodShare Fraud Warning Issued by Wisconsin Department of Health Services

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is currently warning members about recent FoodShare fraud activity. The DHS is currently investigating this matter. In the meantime, there are ways for FoodShare members to protect themselves against potential scams. Protect Yourself If you are someone who receives FoodShare benefits, make sure that you are checking your […]

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State’s First MIS-C Death Confirmed

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) on Friday confirmed the state’s first death from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a rare but serious condition associated with COVID-19. The child lived in Southeastern Wisconsin and was under 10 years old. No further patient information is being disclosed out of respect to the […]

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