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The goal of the Immunization Program is to reduce and ultimately eliminate the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases by working in conjunction with public and private health care providers throughout the state.

Accomplishing this goal will require achieving and maintaining high vaccination coverage levels, improving vaccination strategies among under vaccinated populations, prompt reporting and thorough investigation of suspected cases and rapid institution of disease control measures.

Contact Information:

Bethany Kintigh RN, BSN
Immunization Program Manager
1-800-831-6292 FAX, or

Use the "Contact Us" page to submit questions online

Program News:

Receiving VFC Vaccine Orders in IRIS
Posted: Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013

The following schedule provides dates, times and details for webinars to review new functionality in IRIS, Receiving VFC Vaccine Orders.

Recorded Webinar Training: How to Receive VFC Vaccine Orders into IRIS

2014 VFC Program Re-enrollment
Posted: Friday, Jun 07, 2013

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program guidelines require providers to re-enroll annually. Re-enrollment will be completed through the Immunization Registry Information System (IRIS).

Discontinue Use of Dormitory Refrigerators
Posted: Monday, Jan 28, 2013

A new requirement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eliminates the use of dormitory or bar-style refrigerator/freezer units for storage of federally purchased vaccines under any circumstances, including temporary storage. All VFC providers who use dorm-style units to store federally purchased VFC vaccines are required to replace it with a recommended storage unit by December 31, 2013.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine Secondary School Requirement
Posted: Friday, Jan 11, 2013

The Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Immunization, has completed the administrative rules process to require tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine for students enrolling in 7th grade. The administrative rule change is effective January 16, 2013 and will be implemented at the beginning of the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. The Immunization Program has developed a variety of materials, listed below, regarding the new requirement.

Program Documents:

HPV Resources


For more Information about the Iowa Immunization Program:
Call 515 281-4923 or 1-800-831-6293
You may also use the "Contact Us" page to submit questions online.