Immunize Wisconsin Set to Launch

 The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (WIAAP) is announcing today the creation of “Immunize Wisconsin,” a new coalition of communities and organizations working together to provide fact-based resources about vaccines.

With a goal of improving the state’s vaccination rates, Immunize Wisconsin will also acknowledge the inequities that prevent many people, particularly children, from getting vaccinated, and will provide funding and support for existing programs, made more challenging during the pandemic. The group will host its virtual launch on Friday, September 9, 2022 from 2-3 p.m. Registration is open to anyone interested in improving health through immunizations at

Dr. Jeanette May, who will serve as Immunize Wisconsin’s coalition director, sees immediate impact for state stakeholders. “Wherever I go, the people I meet are thrilled to know they’ll have the support of Immunize Wisconsin,” she said. “We are eager to lift up work that’s already being done at the county, tribal, community, and regional levels, through that important lens of health equity.” WIAAP serves on the state’s Council on Immunization Practices (WCIP) and will oversee the grant operations, as funded by the Department of Health Services (DHS).

“Immunizations have saved countless lives and prevented a great deal of suffering by reducing vaccine-preventable diseases that now occur much less often in the United States than they have in the past. That doesn’t mean people don’t have questions,” said Dr. Stephanie Schauer, Wisconsin Immunization Program Manager at DHS. “Through Immunize Wisconsin, we can bring together efforts around the state to provide important information about why it’s so critical for families to be up-to-date on their vaccinations.”

The Wisconsin Immunization Program works to eliminate vaccine preventable disease through effective immunization programs and outbreak control measures. People can find out immunizations they and their children have had at The Wisconsin Immunization Registry. Families who may not be able to afford vaccinations should see if they qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program.

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Cedarburg, Wisconsin Author Publishes Short Stories

Opus 19: A Collection of 19 Original Short Stories to Uplift the Human Psyche Affected by COVID 19 Pandemic, a new book by Brian Whelihan, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

OPUS19 consists of nineteen self-contained stories. Some are completely fictional, some are completely nonfictional, and others are a mix. Each story is associated with what the author calls a Ficto-Meter, which designates an approximate percentage fictional, and therefore nonfictional content. In describing all of the stories, they are created from actual experiences or fictional accounts derived from real situations or are derived from lessons that we learn throughout life. Many of them leave the reader with nostalgically provocative thoughts about life. Some are just plain funny. The fictional story of the origin of the word woman is an amusing story about how life might have been 15,000 years ago while the story about how shoes wind up on the roadside is so real and convincing that readers will be looking for shoes on the road. The stories in OPUS 19 are amusing (Flies, Church), provocative (Car, Children, Ton and Speech), nostalgic (Bees), and amazingly true (JFK, Cigarettes, Fish, Simultaneous, Cockroach). Curiosity is a true story of an unlikely experience within a controversial time. The inspiration for these stories came in large part from the grip of the pandemic virus and the opportunity for introspection that came along with it. The author’s hope is that the readers of these stories will have their hearts warmed, their brains stimulated, and perhaps even laugh out loud.

About the Author
Brian Whelihan lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, a small but historic town north of Milwaukee. Living in Wisconsin and Illinois for most of his life, his professional accomplishments include practicing analytical chemistry and tutoring youngsters in math and chemistry. His love of history and topics outside of science drew him to taking classes at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee where he started to develop the right side of his brain. Finding that he enjoyed writing, Brian went into his mind looking for interesting experiences and amusing thoughts. When the pandemic of COVID-19 struck, he decided to share these experiences and hopefully amusing stories in this book.

Opus 19: A Collection of 19 Original Short Stories to Uplift the Human Psyche Affected by COVID 19 Pandemic is an 88-page paperback with a retail price of $23.00 (eBook $18.00). The ISBN is 978-1-6376-4000-5. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual pressroom at or to buy the book visit our online bookstore at