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COVID 19 Communications

     CDC Respiratory Virus Guidelines

 Updated May 8, 2023

When you may have a respiratory virus such as COVID-19, Flu and RSV

Stay home and away from others (including people you live with who are not sick) if you have a respiratory virus or if you tested positive for COVID-19. 

You can go back to your school/work when, for at least 24 hours, both are true:
1. Your symptoms are getting better overall, and
2. You have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication).
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COVID-19 Vaccines for
Children and Teens

CDC recommends COVID-19
vaccination for everyone ages 12 and older. Learn more
about what you and your child or teen can do 
when you have been fully vaccinated. Children 12 and
older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
Search  vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829,
or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you. 


Children With Special Needs

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: New Resources Available to Help Connect Youth Ages 12 to 15 With Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

On Wednesday, May 12, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced children ages 12 to 15 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses for full protection and is the first and currently only vaccine available for this age group. 

The Pfizer vaccine is safe, and early results show the vaccine is 100% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection in this age group.

Resources to Share With Parents

Connecting Your Community to Vaccinators

The COVID-19 Partner Resources DHS webpage includes resources to help you plan for connecting your community to vaccines:

Insurance Reminder

The vaccine is free for everyone, regardless of whether or not they have insurance:

  • Some vaccinators may ask for insurance information, but recipients cannot be charged for the appointment or the vaccine itself.
  • If someone is charged for the vaccine, they should contact the vaccinator and ask that the charge be removed. They should then email DHS to report the charge.

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