Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Health Promotion

NEW! Check out the video our Nurse Deb Gimer made about EFT (emotional freedome technique). This is also known as tapping and helps promote emotional and mental health especially during times of stress! View the video here!  

Keep Up to Date.  Vaccinate!

Keep Kids Healthy.  Make sure that your children are up to date with their immunizations. Thanks to vaccinations, many childhood diseases that were once common have now been greatly reduced and even eliminated in the U.S. Protect your kids – get them vaccinated. 

Teens are Tough.  Many people are aware of the vaccines that younger children need.  However there are also adolescent vaccines necessary that help protect children from diseases such as Meningitis, Pertussis, and HPV. And, remember to get an annual flu vaccination.

Adults are encouraged to take their shots like a kid.  Kids aren’t the only ones who need vaccinations. Adults need protection from diseases like whooping cough, meningitis, shingles, hepatitis, pneumonia & influenza.

Immunizations are available from your local healthcare provider or Calhoun County Public Health. Use these forms to have the information needed ready before you come in. Child form Adult forms are here. Please make sure to print all sides!

If you have questions about vaccinations or would like to schedule an appointment call:
Public Health at (712) 297-8323 between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment for children or adults.

  • Have insurance information available. 
  • Parents must accompany all children under 18 years old.
  • Private health insurance will be billed when appropriate.  You must know your benefits.
  • Vaccine for Children (VFC) vaccine will be used when appropriate, more information below.
  • Additional child wellness services may be available during the immunization visit. 
  • It is important to be well and free of fever on the day of vaccination. 
  • Please call our office 712-297-8323 with any questions.

Immunization Programs:

Vaccine for Children Program

  • Immunizations provided for tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, HIB, hepatitis A & B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, infant pneumococcal disease, and rotavirus infant diarrheal disease. 
  •  Meningococcal Vaccine for persons aged 11-18
  • HPV (Human Papilcomaviirus) Vaccine for Children 9 –18 years of age
  • School-based Immunization clinics

Underinsured means the child has some type of health insurance, but the benefit plan does not include immunizations.

Those who do not qualify:

Children whose health insurance covers the cost of vaccinations are not eligible for VFC Program benefits, even when the plan has a high deductible or the deductible has not been met.

 Adult Program:

  • Influenza and pneumonia clinics (in-home service if necessary)
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella


Who is eligible?

· Childhood Program:
Individuals 0-18 years old according to age-appropriate recommended schedules
· Adult  Programs:
Persons 19 years old and older and all socio-economic groups.


What is the fee?

Childhood Program:

  • Vaccines provided by Iowa Department of Public Health are free for eligible persons through age 18. 
  • Private Insurance will be billed—a co-pay /deductible may be billed to recipient.

Adult  Program: 

  • Rates vary according to cost of vaccine.


Donations Encouraged for health and wellness screenings and immunizations to support continuation of the program.  Funding available through grants from Iowa Department of Public Health and Elderbridge Agency on Aging.

Program Manager:
Jamie Waller 
Deb Gimer 

Tuberculosis Screening:

Tuberculin Skin Test:  The TB skin test (Mantoux tuberculin skin test) is performed by injecting a small amount of fluid (called tuberculin) into the skin in the lower part of the arm. A person given the tuberculin skin test must return within 48 to 72 hours to have a trained health care worker look for a reaction on the arm.  To schedule a Tb Skin test call Calhoun County Public Health at 712-297-8323.  For more information visit this link

Community Health Programs
Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Programs
Communicable Disease Follow-up
Tuberculosis Testing and Treatment
School, Worksite and Community Group Consultation
for Education and Screening Programs
Tobacco Prevention
Cancer Prevention

 Referral Services For:
Substance Abuse
Shingles Vaccine
Family Planning
Immunizations for Travel
Tobacco use and/or cessation

Visit Quitline for more information on smoking cessation.