The Waukesha County Public Health Division recognizes that schools deal with many public health issues. School personnel will find resources listed on this page on public health topics as they relate to schools.
The Waukesha County Public Health Division provides information to assist schools in meeting the requirements of the Wisconsin Student Immunization Law (Chapter 252, Wis. Stats. and HFS 144 Wis. Admin Code). The information supplements the directions found in the Wisconsin School Immunization Requirements booklet posted on the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Division of Public Health website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/immunization/reqs.htm.
2016-2017 Wisconsin School Immunization Requirements Booklet (PDF)
Required Reporting to Waukesha County Health Division:
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What are communicable diseases and why must they be reported?
A communicable disease is an illness that can be transmitted from person to person. Examples of communicable diseases include tuberculosis, E. coli O157:H7, chickenpox, pertussis (whooping cough), measles and mumps.
Reporting of communicable diseases is required by Wisconsin State Statute 252.05 and Wisconsin Administrative Code HFS 145. School and daycare personnel are required to report suspicion of communicable diseases to the local health department.
For a list of all the reportable diseases in Wisconsin click HERE.
How are communicable diseases reported?
School personnel can report communicable diseases to the Waukesha County Public Health Division.by phone at 262-896-8430, fax at 262-896-8387, or mail to 514 Riverview Avenue, Waukesha WI 53188.
What happens when a communicable disease is reported?
Waukesha County Public Health Division is the agency designated by state law to receive reports of communicable disease in Waukesha County residents. Upon receipt, an investigation is conducted to determine the source of infection and to prevent further disease spread in the community.
Use the Absenteeism form to report excessive absenteeism in the school when an unusual number of students describe having similar symptoms, or the absentee rate is above the norm.
The Waukesha County Public Health Division works in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Health (WDPH) to provide guidance and resources for school personnel regarding the management of communicable disease in the school setting. The control of communicable disease requires the combined efforts of school personnel, parents, health care providers and the local public health agency. Good public health practices consist of promoting vaccination, hand hygiene, parent notification and assuring case isolation.
Measles is a highly contagious airborne virus that can quickly spread to others in a school setting. Measles is the most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses and there is no treatment. However, CDC considers the MMR vaccine safe and highly effective. Assuring adequate MMR vaccinations is the best way to prevent measles.
In response to the recent multi-state increase in measles cases, the Waukesha County Public Health Division is working with schools to encourage proper MMR vaccination among their student population. The “Measles Vaccination Notification” template listed below is provided to send out to parent / guardian of students in need of MMR vaccine. The Wisconsin Immunization Law requires 2 MMRs for students K5 through 12th grade and 1 MMR for Pre-K students.
Additionally, it is important to understand that in the event that a measles exposure would occur at your school, all students not fully vaccinated with MMR will not be allowed to attend school from day 7-21 after exposure.
Waukesha County experienced a pertussis outbreak with 430 cases during the 2011-12 school year. Pertussis continues to circulate in the community and the Waukesha County Public Health Division is working with school personnel to manage cases and communicate with parents regarding exposure and education.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides guidance for the case management of pertussis. Prophylactic antibiotics to prevent pertussis are recommended for household contacts, individuals at highest risk of developing severe pertussis, and individuals who have close contact with persons at the highest risk of developing severe pertussis.
Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the Varicella zoster virus (VZV). School personnel can use the following links to inform parents about chickenpox exposures.
Enteroviruses cause millions of respiratory illnesses in children every year. This year, EV-D68 has been the most common type of enterovirus identified. From mid-August to mid-October 780 cases have been diagnosed and that number is climbing. Most people who get EV-D68 are infants, children, and teens. EV-D68 causes mild to severe respiratory illness, and children with immunocompromising conditions, especially respiratory disorders, are at increased risk of severe disease.
Currently, EV-D68 is not reportable. The Waukesha County Public Health Division will work with school personnel, parents and healthcare providers to provide education. There are no vaccines to prevent EV-D68 infections. Control of EV-D68 will focus on good hand washing, standard disinfection procedures, and reminding parents to keep their children home when they are sick.
The Waukesha County Public Health Division requests that schools report cases of head lice and scabies, and excessive absenteeism to assist in monitoring the health of the community.
Use the Head Lice and Scabies form to report the number of cases you find or are reported to you.
Please fax these forms to the Public Health Division at (262) 896-8387.
Reporting Forms: Head Lice & Scabies
To assist with health education objectives, the Waukesha County Public Health Division provides schools with Public Health Notes for use in school newsletters and other communications.
Public Health Notes will be posted here. Please check back often for new topics.
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