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Why do I need Prenatal Care?

Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care.

Doctors can spot health problems early when they see mothers regularly. This allows doctors to treat them early. Early treatment can cure many problems and prevent others. Doctors also can talk to pregnant women about things they can do to give their unborn babies a healthy start to life.

For more information or help finding a provider contact the Maternal Health Program at 641-828-2238 ext 241.

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Spotlight on Health:


Click here for information regarding immunization clinics.

Click here to get your free copy of Protect Iowa Health.

Click here for the Senior Health Insurance Information Program website

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It's not too late!!
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports the spread of influenza is picking up across Iowa and other parts of the country. Surveillance by the IDPH Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network shows three strains (all of which are covered by the vaccine) are currently circulating, including H1N1 (2009 pandemic strain), H3N2 (regular seasonal flu strain) and Influenza B. With the holiday season upon us and many Iowans traveling and attending family gatherings, IDPH reminds Iowans that an annual flu vaccination is the best way to protect them and their loved ones from the flu.

The flu vaccine is plentiful, widely available, and is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. While the flu vaccine is the best defense against getting influenza, it’s also important to take personal actions to help prevent the spread of illness. Remember the 3Cs: Cover your coughs and sneezes; Clean your hands frequently; and Contain germs by staying home when ill.

For more information about where and what kind of influenza is in Iowa, go to www.idph.state.ia.us/Cade/Influenza.aspx?pg=FluHome

Call us today to schedule your apopintment to get vaccinated against the flu!

Personal Preparedness:

For information on how to develop a Family Emergency Plan, an Emergency Kit, and other useful tips see the following websites:





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Marion County Public Health Department
2003 N. Lincoln
Box 152
Knoxville, IA 50138
Phone: (641) 828-2238
Fax: (641) 842-3442