MT. PLEASANT – The Henry County Public Health Department will observe National Immunization Week April 20 – April 27. In observance of this significant week, all children receiving immunizations during the month of April at the Public Health Department will receive a free stuffed animal donated by the Henry County Health Center Auxiliary.
“Thanks to childhood immunizations, the risk of contracting most childhood diseases has been greatly reduced. Children should receive 80 percent of their vaccinations by 24 months of age. While some vaccines received as an infant provide long-term protection, the protection provided by other vaccines wears off over time. Parents should be aware that immunizations are not just for the very young. Adolescents also need vaccinations to protect them from a variety of diseases,” said Robin Poole, RN, Henry County Public Health Immunization Coordinator.
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) requires the following vaccinations for school entry: a series of five DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis); four IPV (Polio); three Hepatitis B; two MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella); and two Varicella (chickenpox), unless a child has already had the chickenpox disease. It is also important to immunize adolescents against serious diseases like meningitis, tetanus, whooping cough and cervical cancer. For the 2013-2014 school year, and all future school years, all students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade and born on or after September 15, 2000, will need proof of an adolescent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) booster immunization (called “Tdap”) for school in the fall.
Adult immunizations are also available and include Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis, MMR, Meningitis and Flu vaccine. TB testing is also available. The public is encouraged to call Public Health with any immunization questions, including questions on pricing and questions regarding recommended adult vaccines. For questions concerning vaccines for traveling abroad, please visit www.cdc.gov/travel.
Henry County Public Health offers all the recommended vaccines for infants, toddlers and adolescents. The Henry County Public Health Immunization Clinic is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. and the first Thursday of every month from 1-6 p.m. The Public Health Department is located at Henry County Health Center to the east of the health center’s main entrance. No appointment is necessary. Immunizations administered to children 0-18 years are provided by the state at no charge to the patient as long as the patient does not have insurance that covers the cost of immunizations. If insurance coverage is available, please make an appointment with your physician to receive immunizations.
For more information on immunizations, contact the Public Health Department at 319-385-6724 or visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website at www.idph.state.ia.us.