Wisconsin DHS declares Gundersen Holmen Clinic a Big Shot in state

Big Shot
(Wisconsin DHS photo)

MADISON (WKBT) — The Gundersen Holmen Clinic is a Big Shot in Wisconsin.

The state’s Department of Health Services recognized the clinic as one of 18 health-care providers in the state to receive its Big Shot award. The new award goes to providers who have vaccinated more than 90% of their patients who are 2 years old and younger, based on 2021 data.

Paula Tran, state health officer for the DHS, saluted the Big Shots, saying, “We are grateful for the leadership of these providers and their commitment to keeping our youngest residents healthy.

“Childhood vaccinations are our best tools for protecting our children and everyone around them from diseases like measles, mumps, rubella and pertussis, among others,” Tran said.

Jonathan Rastall, Gundersen’s regional clinic manager, said everyone at the Holmen clinic plays a role in promoting vaccinations.

“It is a collaborative team effort that spans all disciplines,” Rastall said.

Many Wisconsin children fell behind on vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the DHS.

DHS has launched the “Plan to Protect” campaign to explain why it is important to vaccinate babies on schedule. Find children’s vaccine schedules are on the Wisconsin Immunization Program webpage.

The agency also offers parents a place to keep track of shots their children have had on the Wisconsin Immunization Registry.

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