The Iowa Department of Public Health, Immunization Program, recently made a change to the Iowa Administrative code to require a Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertusssis_ vaccination for adolescents enrolled in the school for the 2013-2014 school year.
This new requirement will help Iowa achieve and maintain high vaccination coverage levels while reducing the number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases occurring annually in Iowa.
Tama County Public Health and Home Care administered free doses to all 6th grade students that requested this vaccination in April at the schools in Tama County.
There are about 60 doses left that would be available for free, regardless of insurance status, on a first come first serve basis.
Call Joyce Legg, RN at Tama County Public Health 641-484-4788 to schedule an office appointment.
As well as Tdap vaccination, all adolescents should strongly consider Meningococcal vaccinations to prevent meningitis, Hepatitis A vaccinations, and vaccination against the Human Papillomavirus, Public Health recommends.
These vaccinations are not required for school entry but some colleges recommend them.
Most colleges also require 2 varicella (chickenpox) vaccinations which is not a school requirement unless they were born on or after September 15, 2003. Please talk with your local health care provider about getting your teenager fully vaccinated.