Scott County Administrative Center
428 Western Avenue
Davenport, Iowa 52801-1004
Office: (319)326-8618 Fax: (319)326-8774

August 12, 2003

News Release-For Immediate Use

Re: Iowa law now requires Varicella (Chickenpox) Immunization

The Iowa Department of Public Health requires that children attending school in Iowa be vaccinated to prevent infectious, and potentially serious, diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, polio, pertussis, diphtheria, and tetanus. While many parents consider chickenpox an normal part of childhood, this infection kills more than 100 children every year in the US, and causes serious complications in many more. An effective, safe vaccine is now available. Effective July 1, 2003 the Iowa Immunization Code requires Varicella (Chickenpox) immunization for the following children:

Scott County Health Department officials are reminding parents of school-age children to make certain that their child's immunizations are up-to-date as they begin schools this fall. Parents are urged to contact their child's physician to obtain the shots and for information on the timetable for specific immunizations.

The Scott County Health Department provides vaccinations to eligible children who are Scott County residents through the Vaccine for Children (VFC) Program. VFC provides vaccines for children from birth through 18 years of age who have no health insurance, are underinsured, enrolled in Medicaid, or who are American Indian or Alaskan Native.

The Scott County Health Department provides immunization clinics on Wednesdays from 7:45 am until 5:00 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted at the Health Department during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents must bring a copy of the child's immunization history and social security number with them. In order to keep waiting times to a minimum, parents are encouraged to schedule an appointment.