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Childhood Immunizations

Immunization Clinics are held from 3:00-5:30:

Lamoni First Baptist Church - 106 South Cedar

(across highway from Pizza Hut)

1st Mondays of each month

 

Leon Catholic Church - 1001 NW Church

(6 blocks north of Caseys)

2nd Tuesdays of each month

 

Please call our office, 641-446-6518, to schedule an appointment for your child.

 

The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) offered through the Iowa Department of Public Health provides vaccines for children from birth through 18 years of age who meet one of the following criteria:

  • child has no health insurance
  • child is American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • child is enrolled in Medicaid (Title XIX)
  • child is underinsured:  Underinsured means that child has some type of health insurance, but the benefit plan does not include immunizations.

If your health insurance DOES pay for vaccine coverage, please contact Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa (Leon 641-446-2383; Lamoni 641-784-7911) or Lamoni Family Health Clinic 641-784-7526 to receive immunizations.

 

WHY ARE CHILDHOOD VACCINES SO IMPORTANT?

Immunizations are a safe and effective way to prevent dangerous diseases.  Every child should be protected against diseases that can cause brain damage, paralysis, deafness, blindness, cancer, and even death.

 

Newborn babies are immune to many diseases because they have antibodies they received from their mothers.  However, this immunity goes away during the first year of life.  Also, young children do not have this "maternal immunity" against some diseases, such as whooping cough.

If an unvaccinated child is exposed to a disease germ, the child's body may not be strong enough to fight the disease.  Before vaccines, many children died from diseases that vaccines now prevent, such as whooping cough, measles, and polio.  Those same germs exist today, but because babies are now protected to vaccines, we do not see these diseases nearly as often.

 

Immunizing individual children also helps to protect the health of our community, especially those people who cannot be immunized.  These include children who are too young to be vaccinated (for example; children less than a year old cannot receive the measles vaccine but can be infected by the measles virus), those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons (for example; children with leukemia), and those who cannot make an adequate response to vaccination.

CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATIONS

All infants should complete their basic series of immunizations before the age of 2 years.  However, if your child has received no immunizations or only part of them, it is not too late to start or finish for complete protection.

 

Recommended hildhood Immunization Schedule

AGE        IMMUNIZATIONS:
2 months                            

1st DTap, IPV, HIB, HepB,

      PCV13, Rotavirus

4 months

2nd DTaP, IPV, HIB, HepB,

       PCV13, Rotavirus

6 months   

3rd DTap, IPV, HIB, HepB,

       PCV13

12 months

1st MMR, Varicella, HepA

4th HIB

18 months

4th DTaP, PCV13

2nd HepA

4 - 6 years

2nd MMR, Varicella

5th DTaP

4th IPV

11 - 18 years

Tdap Booster required for

     adolescents entering 7th

     grade.

Meningitis

 

 

 

    To receive a copy of your child's immunization record, contact:

    [email protected]

     

    or call:

    Decatur County Public Health Office

    641-446-6518

     
     
     
     
     
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