Cedar County, Iowa Public Health has been in existence since 1969 and works effectively with Environmental Services, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the CDC as well as other county health departments.


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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 enrolled).

Uninsured - a child who has no health insurance coverage.

American Indian or Alaska Native - as defined by the Indian Health Services Act.

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.

Which 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 vaccinated?

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.

Address of
Public Health office:
Cedar County Courthouse
400 Cedar Street
Tipton, IA 52772

Hours Office is open:
7:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Phone Number:
(563) 886-2226

FAX Number:
(563) 886-1218

Office holder name:
Jamie Walker

Employees in
Public Health Office:

Public Health Program Coordinator
Whitney Randolph

Fiscal Manager
Ashley Hansen

Public Health Nurse
Deana Drumbarger
Elizabeth Voss

Home Health Clinical Manager
Angela Knox

Office Manager
Colleen Boyer-Kauffman



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