Childhood Immunizations

Did you know that immunizations and vaccines are the same thing? Vaccines help the body’s immune system fight certain diseases that cause people to be very ill, have a disability or can even cause death. They work in the body to protect us from the illness and disease. 

A Case for Immunization

Many people worry that immunizations can cause autism. There have been many studies done that continue to show that immunizations do not cause autism.

Many diseases are no longer common in this country because of the great protection from children getting immunizations. The diseases may still be common in other parts of the world. Even if your family does not travel to other countries, you could encounter people who do and become very ill.

CCHP strongly supports the immunization of everyone in our communities - children and adults alike. We follow the recommendations for immunization that are developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and state and local health departments. Click the links here for more information about immunizations and the diseases they protect against.

Disease Prevention

Many childhood diseases can be prevented by following recommended guidelines for vaccinations. The Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians have approved a series of vaccines for all children to protect them against diseases:

  • MMR - to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles)
  • Polio (IPV) - to protect against poliovirus
  • DTaP - to protect against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Hib  - to protect against Haemophilus influenzae type b (which causes spinal meningitis)
  • HBV - to protect against hepatitis B
  • Pneumococcal (PCV13) - to protect against pneumonia, infection in blood and meningitis
  • Varicella - to protect against chicken pox

Adults need vaccines, too. Call your clinic or health department to find out what vaccines you might need or when your next ones are due. Vaccines are very safe. Millions of people are safely immunized each year. The immunizations produced in the United States are the safest and most effective that we have ever had.

Congratulations on making sure your child has received the care they need to stay healthy and safe as they grow!

To know when your child has received care (such as getting vaccines), CCHP uses claims documents submitted by your child’s doctor. To know what care your child has received, three things need to happen:

  1. Your child’s doctor submits the claims documents to CCHP.
  2. We receive the claims documents and process them.
  3. We update our databases with the new information.

It can take up to 90 days from when your child had their doctor visit for these steps to be completed. If CCHP contacts you before the 90 completion period we may not know that your child recently got their vaccines. It is our goal to make sure you have the support and resources needed for you and your child. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

You can learn more about which vaccines your child is due for by:

  • Calling your child’s doctor to discuss which vaccines your child should get
  • Checking online to see which vaccines your child has already received, and which vaccines they should get next. The Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) webpage offers a Public Immunization Record Access portal, which is free to use and does not require any registration. 
  • The WIR portal is available in English, Spanish, and Hmong
  • Learn more here: WIR Information for Parents (available in English, Spanish, Hmong)

Did you know? Check out the CDC’s Immunization Resources for Parents page for more information.

CCHP uses the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) to know which vaccines your child has received. This online tool allows us to access any vaccine records uploaded by your doctor’s office, a pharmacy, or a local health department office.

CCHP also uses our claims database to know which vaccines your child has received. When your child gets a vaccine at a doctor’s office, pharmacy, or health department office that has your insurance information on file, they may submit claims documents to us for payment.

You can find out which vaccines your child has already gotten by:

  • Checking your child’s Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) vaccine record. The WIR portal webpage is available in English, Spanish, and Hmong
  • Calling your child’s doctor to discuss if they enter your child’s vaccine records to WIR. If your child’s doctor doesn’t enter vaccine records to WIR, ask for a copy of your child’s vaccine record – you can take this record to your local health department office, and they can enter this information into WIR for you.

Helpful tip: whenever your child gets a vaccine, always ask for an updated copy of your child’s vaccine record.

Yes! Call our Member Advocates at 1-877-900-2247.

Does your child need a new Primary Care Provider? Call our Customer Service Line at 1-800-482-8010 or search our online Provider Directory.

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We are here to help

Contact your child’s doctor if you have questions about immunizations (“vaccines”). If you need to find a doctor for your child(ren), and they are:

  • Enrolled in BadgerCare Plus, contact Customer Service at 1-800-482-8010
  • Enrolled in Care4Kids, contact Customer Service at 1-855-371-8104
  • Enrolled in Individual and Family Plans, contact Customer Service at 1-844-201-4672