For parents, the best way to ensure your child's good health is
to try to prevent illness before it starts. The best way to prevent a number of
serious illnesses is to make sure your children receive appropriate immunizations. In most
cases, these vaccines are given as shots and several shots are needed for full protection. Every state requires proof of immunization before
a child can start school. In some cases, Iowa immunization laws permit exemptions,
for medical or religious reasons. Your Doctor, Physician's Assistant or Nurse
Practitioner will talk with you about childhood immunizations or you can call us
at 563-886-2226 if you have any questions. Appointments for immunizations
can be made by calling 563-886-2226.
Vaccines for Children Program (VFC)
Through the VFC program, public purchased vaccine is available at no charge to
enrolled public and private health care providers for eligible children.
Which children are eligible?
Children 18 years of age and under that meet at least one of the following
criteria are eligible for VFC vaccine:
Medicaid eligible - a child who is
eligible for the Medicaid program (in some States, children who are <1 year of
age are automatically entitled to Medicaid benefits, if their mother is
Uninsured - a child who has no health insurance coverage.
American Indian or Alaska Native - as defined by the Indian Health Services
Underinsured - a child whose health insurance benefit plan does not
include vaccinations or children whose health insurance covers only select
vaccines or caps the vaccine cost at a certain limit.
children are NOT eligible?
Children whose health insurance
covers the cost of vaccinations are not eligible for VFC program benefits, even
when a claim for the cost of the vaccine and its administration would be denied,
if submitted to the insurance carrier for payment, because the planís deductible
had not been met.
The Childrenís Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known
as Title XXI, enabled States to expand health insurance coverage for uninsured
children. Title XXI children enrolled in a separate State children health
insurance program (S-SHIP) are not VFC-eligible because they are neither
Medicaid-eligible nor uninsured as required under Title XIX. However, Title XXI
children enrolled in a Medicaid Expansion (M-SHIP) are Medicaid eligible and
entitled to VFC program benefits.
My child is behind on their
shots. Can they still get VFC vaccine?
Yes, absolutely. It
doesnít matter how far behind your child is in receiving their shots. Call or
visit us to discuss how your child can be brought back up to date.
My child is healthy. Can I just wait until school age to get them
No. This is a bad idea. Many of the
immunizations that children need today, are intended for very young children in
their first months of life. This is when children are most at risk for
contracting vaccine-preventable diseases. Thus, waiting for when your child
starts school to vaccinate them can be very dangerous to their health.
Public Health office:
Cedar County Courthouse
400 Cedar Street
Tipton, IA 52772
Hours Office is open:
7:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Office holder name:
Public Health Office:
Public Health Program Coordinator
Public Health Nurse