Hardin County Public Health


Adolescent Immunizations  

If your child has no health insurance, is under-insured, or Alaskan/Native  American Indian, they may qualify to receive vaccines under the Vaccine for Children (VFC)  program. Call Rachel at  641-939-8444 for information. 
Parents – you make sure your infants receive life-saving  immunizations, but what about your adolescents? Are their immunizations  up-to-date?Public Health officials in Iowa recommend the adolescent immunization schedule  (en espanol)  provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This  schedule shows needed vaccines for those ages 7-18. Some physicians may  vary this schedule to meet your child’s needs.

  • Adolescents need the following immunizations: 
    • Meningococcal Vaccine (en Espanol) –  to protect them from meningococcal disease, the leading cause of  bacterial meningitis in children 2-18 years. Meningitis is an infection  of the brain and spinal cord coverings. Meningococcal disease can also  cause blood infections. 
      • Meningococcal (MenACWY) (en Espanol)  – This vaccine is required for all incoming 7th and 12th graders before  beginning the school year. All 11-12 year olds should be vaccinated  with a single dose of a quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine  (MenACWY). A booster shot is recommended at age 16.
      • Meningococcal B (MenB) (en Espanol) – Teens, 16-18 years old, may be vaccinated with a MenB vaccine.
    • Tdap vaccine (en Espanol)  – to protect your child from Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis, the  Tdap vaccine can protect adolescents and adults from these three serious  diseases. This vaccine is a requirement for all seventh graders to  receive before starting school.
    • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (en Espanol)  – (Gardasil) is for both females and males between the ages of 9 and  26. HPV infection is the most common Sexually Transmitted Infection in  the U.S. It can cause cervical cancer and other diseases in females as  well as males (anal cancer, genital warts, etc.). It can be prevented by  having the Gardasil vaccine.
    • Flu Vaccine (en Espanol)– to protect your child from influenza. This vaccine is needed annually.
    • Varicella (Chickenpox) (en Espanol)
    • Hepatitis A (en Espanol)

    Childhood ImmunizationsIf your  child has no health insurance, is under-insured, or Alaskan/Native  American Indian, they may qualify to receive vaccines under the Vaccine for Children (VFC)  program.  Call Rachel at  641-939-8444 for information. Public Health officials in Iowa recommend the childhood immunization schedule (en espanol). Some physicians may vary this schedule to meet your child’s needs.

Immunization Recommendations & Schedules

Iowa Immunization Requirements

Tobacco Cessation/Prevention

Tobacco Cessation Services

Want to quit smoking? We are here to help!
There is no one perfect method to quit smoking. Each person is  different. That is why it is important to formulate a quit plan the  includes a variety of cessation methods that will work for you. One of  the most important components to this quit plan is receiving cessation  counseling from a health care provider or trained counselor.


Quitline Iowa

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You are in the best hands when you call Qutiline Iowa! Quitline staff  are continually trained in new and emerging tobacco products, pregnancy  and postpartum, mental health, crisis calls, racial and ethnic  minorities, and LGBTQ challenges with quiting smoking.

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Youth Tobacco Prevention

Is you Child Care Center or Home Nicotine-Free?
Caring for Our Children National Health and Safety Performance Standard  Guidelines (CFOC) recommend implementing a comprehensive tobacco and  nicotine-free policy. This policy prohibits the use of all tobacco  products, electronic smoking devices and other nicotine products not  approved by the FDA for cessation. It applies at all times and covers  the entire child care property. It applies to staff, visitors, business  vehicles, and addresses enforcement. A comprehensive policy goes above  DHS guidelines and Iowa’s Smoke Free Air Act.

How do I implement a policy?
– Connect with your local Community Partnership for help!
– Develop a clear, comprehensive policy.
– Take advantage of FREE technical assistance.
– Use this IDPH approved policy available at https://idph.iowa.gov/hcci/products
– Set a date for when the policy will go into effect.
– Notify staff, parents, and caregivers of the new or updated policy.
– Post appropriate signs to help with enforcement.
– Find out if you qualify for FREE signage!
– Enforce the policy at all times and determine steps to address violations.

Who Can Help?
Resources are available to simplify the process for you whether you are a  preschool, child care facility, or home. Join the growing list of  providers that have committed to providing a tobacco and nicotine-free  environment. For more information, on how you can implement or update  your current policy, contact Rocky at Greenbelt Home Care at 641-939-8444.

Academic Partnerships

Hardin County Public Health collaborates with the students of Ellsworth Community College, University of Iowa and Iowa State University regarding internships and nursing observation for completion of Community Health hours.  Contact us at 641-939-8444 for more information.

Emergency Preparedness

The preparedness department at Greenbelt Home Care was developed to provide an organized and coordinated response to any natural or human caused public emergency which contains an actual or potential public health hazard including:

  • Communicable disease outbreaks
  • Environmental sanitation hazards
  • Emergencies involving toxic and hazardous materials
  • Chemical, biological, and radiological incidents

We work closely with local, regional, state and federal agencies to prepare for and respond to incidents that threaten public health.  Greenbelt Home Care works closely with other first responder agencies within the community to ensure a coordinated, effective response to any emergency.

Hardin County Board of Health

 Greenbelt Home Care contracts with the Hardin County Board of Health to provide Public Health Services to Hardin County.  Board of Health meetings are held on the second Thursday of even months at Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls or at Greenbelt Home Care in Eldora.  Meetings start at 6pm in the conference room and are open to the public. Meeting agendas can be found posted at Greenbelt Home Care, Hansen Family Hospital, and the Hardin County Courthouse. You can also find agendas on the Greenbelt Home Care Facebook page. 

Hardin County Board Of Health Members

Jeff Hoffman, Chair- Term Expires 12/31/2019

Timothy Broer, Vice-Chair- Term Expires 12/31/2021

Mary Pisney, Secretary- Term Expires 12/31/2019

Diane Meier, Member- Term Expires 12/31/2020

Renee` McClellan, Member- Term Expires 12/31/2019

Joyce Kix, Member- Term Expires 12/31/2020

Curtis O'Loughlin, MD, Member- Term Expires 12/31/2021