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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

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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

24/7 Emergency Public Health Contact:  
Kim Dorn, Director cell phone number: (641) 891-4068


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

.Welcome!
Marion County Public Health (Knoxville, Iowa) would like to welcome you to our website! We hope the information we have provided is beneficial and will help you find the answers to your questions.

Contact us if you have questions or need additional information.
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.New School Immunization Requirement for 2017/2018 school year!

Marion County Public Health reminds Marion County parents a new immunization requirement will be in effect next school year for all students enrolling in 7th and 12th grades. The change requires a one-time dose of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccine received on or after 10 years of age for students in grades 7 and above, if born after September 15, 2004; and two doses of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccines with 1 dose received on or after 16 years of age for students in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or one dose if received when students are 16 years-of-age or older. This requirement is effective for the 2017-2018 school year and, parents should plan now.

“Meningococcal disease is a very serious, life-threatening illness,” said Marion County Public Health Director Kim Dorn. “This vaccine protects against four strains, or ‘serogroups’ of meningitis, and is 85 to 100 percent effective at preventing infection.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10 to 15 percent of people with meningococcal disease die, even with appropriate treatment. Of those who recover, up to 20 percent have serious after-effects like permanent hearing loss, limb loss, or brain damage.

“This new school immunization requirement is important because the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease are spread through upper respiratory droplets like saliva.  Teens and young adults are at increased risk for meningococcal disease, and meningococcal vaccine is the best protection” said Dorn. As with all vaccinations, this immunization not only protects the individual, but also their friends and those around them.

For more information on the new meningitis vaccine requirement and for other school vaccine information, visit http://www.idph.iowa.gov/immtb/immunization/laws. If you have questions about immunizations, contact Marion County Public Health at 641-828-2238

Spotlight on Health:
Zika Virus
Food Safety
Mumps
2017 Foot Clinics
The Marion County Public Health Department Foot and Blood Pressure clinic schedule has been posted! Click here to access the schedule for 2017.
.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.

https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/early-childhood/early-access#Documents

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UPDATES:

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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.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:

http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family

http://www.idph.state.ia.us/ProtectIowaHealth/

Marion County Public Health Department is an Equal Opportunity Provider