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Vaccine Adverse Event Recording System (VAERS)
VAERS accepts reports from anyone. Patients, parents, caregivers and healthcare providers (HCP) are encouraged to report adverse events after vaccination to VAERS even if it is not clear that the vaccine caused the adverse event. In addition, HCP are required to report certain adverse events after vaccination.
Healthcare providers are required by law to report to VAERS:
Any adverse event listed in the VAERS Table of Reportable Events Following Vaccination that occurs within the specified time period after vaccination An adverse event listed by the vaccine manufacturer as a contraindication to further doses of the vaccine.
Healthcare providers are strongly encouraged to report:
Any adverse event that occurs after the administration of a vaccine licensed in the United States, whether or not it is clear that a vaccine caused the adverse event Vaccine administration errors.
Vaccine manufacturers are required to report to VAERS all adverse events that come to their attention.
To submit a report, visit https://vaers.hhs.gov/esub/index.jsp.
For more information on daycare/school requirements, or to access a religious exemption form, please visit https://idph.iowa.gov/immtb/immunization/laws.
Iowa Code, Chapter 139a.8(6) and Iowa Administrative Code, 641-7.7(139) outline the immunization requirement for students attending licensed child care centers and elementary or secondary schools. Students shall have received the required immunizations and submit the Iowa Department of Public Health Certificate of Immunization or have a valid Certificate of Immunization Exemption, or Provisional Certificate of Immunization.
CERTIFICATE OF IMMUNIZATION A Certificate of Immunization must be given to the licensed child care center or school the child will attend. To be valid, the Certificate of Immunization must include the name and birth date of the child, the dates required vaccines were received and must be signed by a physician (MD or DO), physician’s assistant, nurse or certified medical assistant.
MEDICAL EXEMPTION A medical exemption may be granted if a health care provider believes immunization(s) would be harmful to the child or a member of the child’s household. To be valid, the Certificate of Immunization Exemption must be completed and signed by a physician (MD or DO), physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. The Certificate of Immunization Exemption must be submitted to the licensed child care center or school the child attends.
RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION A religious exemption may be granted if immunizations conflict with a religious belief and is not based on scientific, medical or personal opinion. To be valid, the Certificate of Immunization Exemption must be completed with the name and birth date of the child and signed by the individual or the child’s parent or guardian and must be notarized. The Certificate of Immunization Exemption must be submitted to the licensed child care center or school the child attends.
The following immunization schedules are recommended by the CDC. Please note, the state of Iowa utilizes both medical and religious exemptions for individuals who choose not to vaccinate.
Birth-6 years Easy-to-Read Schedule for Children, Birth through 6 Years
7-18 years Easy-to-Read Schedule for Preteens and Teens, 7-18 Years
For Adults Adult Schedule, by Vaccine and Age Group
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Frequently Asked Questions
Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)
To be eligible for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Iowa and meet all of the following:
Either 18 years of age and under or a primary care giver with a child(ren) 18 years of age and under, and A U.S. Citizen, National, or a Non-Citizen legally admitted into the U.S, and Uninsured (and ineligible for Medicaid).
For more information on this program or to submit an application, visit https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1208.
To be eligible for Iowa Medicaid, you must be a resident of the state of Iowa, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be one of the following:
Be responsible for a child 17 years of age or younger, or Have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability.
More information at https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1388, or you may call 515-256-4606.
Iowa Food & Daycare Programs
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards that can be used to buy groceries at supermarkets, grocery stores and some Farmers Markets.
You may qualify for SNAP if you: Meet income guidelines Be a citizen or legal immigrant All children who are born in the United States can apply even if their parents are not citizens.
To apply, visit https://dhs.iowa.gov/how-to-apply