According to the CDC’s National Immunization Survey, more young children are getting immunized in Iowa. According to the survey, 73 percent of 2-year-old children in Iowa have received the recommended immunizations, which is above the national average of 70 percent. Iowa also had increases in the percentage of children receiving the Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and Rotavirus vaccine series in 2010.
The IDPH Immunization Program distributes vaccine to healthcare providers through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program. Iowans age 18 and younger are eligible for the program if they are Medicaid enrolled, uninsured, underinsured, American Indian or Alaskan Native.
Iowa parents are encouraged to keep their children healthy by: asking your doctor if your child is up to date on his or her immunizations, making and keeping immunization appointments and keeping an immunization record and updating it after every doctor visit.