.Has your teen been vaccinated for HPV?

Kids ages 11-18 are due for TDAP (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis), Meningitis, and HPV.  All three of these are lifesaving vaccinations.

HPV (human papillomavirus) is so common that almost everyone will be infected at some point. It is estimated that 79 million Americans are currently infected with 14

million new HPV infections each year. Most people infected will never know. The HPV vaccine works extremely well. In the four years after the vaccine was recommended in 2006, the amount of HPV infections in teen girls decreased by 56%.  Currently, there are about 26,000 of these cancers each year—and most could be prevented with HPV vaccine.

We need to vaccinate people well before they are exposed to an infection, as is the case with measles and the other recommended childhood vaccines. Similarly, we want to vaccinate children well before it is possible they could be exposed to HPV.

HPV vaccine has been carefully studied by medical and scientific experts. HPV vaccine has been shown to be very effective and very safe.

Like other shots, most side effects are mild, primarily pain or redness in the arm. This should go away quickly, and HPV vaccine has not

been associated with any long-term side effects. Since 2006, about 57 million doses of HPV vaccine have been distributed in the U.S., and

in the years of HPV vaccine safety studies and monitoring, no serious safety concerns have been identified.

Marion County Public Health Department
2003 N. Lincoln Street
PO Box 152
Knoxville, Iowa 50138


Phone Number: (641) 828-2238
Fax Number: (641) 842-3442

Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

Mumps: What you need to know!

Since July, more than 100 cases of mumps have occurred at the University of Iowa and the numbers have been increasing in recent weeks. Cases are primarily occurring in undergraduate students.

The Iowa Department of Public, the University of Iowa, and Johnson County Public Health, are recommending that University of Iowa students, who are less than 25 years of age, should be given a third (or "booster") dose of mumps vaccine (MMR vaccine).

Multiple large vaccination clinics will be held on the University of Iowa Campus over the next two weeks, and third doses of MMR vaccine will be given, free of charge, to all University of Iowa students meeting the vaccination criteria.

Visit http://idph.iowa.gov/ for more information.

2015 Foot Clinics
Quick Links:

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

Healthy Home Interactive Home



The Marion County Public Health Department Foot and Blood Pressure clinic schedule has been posted! Click here to access the schedule for 2015.
.Well Testing

How well is your well? We can do well testing for just $5. Call Marion County Environmental Health and set up an appointment to have your well tested today.

Marion County will also reimburse you to fill your well, up to $400. Just contact Environmental Health today for more questions.

641-828-2238 Ext. 251

Visit Environmental Health's page today! Click here

.What is Early ACCESS?
Early ACCESS is a partnership between families with young children, birth to age three, and providers from the Departments of Education, Public Health, Human Services, and The Child Health Specialty Clinics.

The purpose of this program is for families and staff to work together in identifying, coordinating and providing needed services and resources that will help the family assist their infant or toddler to grow and develop.


.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.

.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