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Public encompasses many health care services for you and your family including:

  • Learning for Life Parent Education and Support
  • Homecare services for eligible clients
  • Lead Poisoning Prevention
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • Family Planning
  • Vaccine for Children Immunizations
  • Care for Yourself Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
  • Maternal Health Education and Support
  • Influenza Clinics—Countywide
  • Vaccines for Adults
  • Emergency Preparedness Education
  • Reportable Disease Surveillance and Investigation
  • Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Planning

Our offices are located at 2712 12th Street in Harlan. Call 712.755.4308 for more information.

Public Health can help guide you on important preventative vaccines based on your age and health considerations.

Adult Immunizations

As we age, immune systems becomes less resilient and effective at protecting us from illness. For this reason, adult immunizations are important to keep older adults healthy. These vaccines include:

  • Pneumococcal vaccines
  • Shingles vaccines
  • Influenza yearly
  • Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)
  • Adult Human Papillomavirus can also be given through 45 years of age

Call Public Health at 712.755.4422 if you have questions or to schedule an appointment.

Adolescent Immunizations

Children 11-12 years of age need new immunizations or booster doses of previous immunizations.

Recommended immunizations for adolescent children include:

  • Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)
  • Meningitis quadrivalent
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Hepatitis A (if not previously immunized)

Call Public Health at 712.755.4422 if you have questions or go to to sign up for the next available immunization clinic.

VFC Childhood Immunizations

Children 0-18 years of age qualify by one of the following indicators:

  • Has Medicaid health insurance
  • Has no insurance
  • Health insurance does not pay for vaccines
  • Is Native Alaskan or Native American

Infants and young children are in need of multiple immunizations to protect them from many serious illnesses. Protect your child from preventable diseases by keeping up-to-date with all recommended vaccines. Click on the Public Health Immunization Brochure for 2020 dates.

Call Public Health at 712.755.4422 if you have questions or go to to sign up for the next available immunization clinic.

Care for Yourself

Care for Yourself is a Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program for women. The program helps pay for screening tests that can detect cancer before signs and symptoms appear. Please review the brochure to see if you may qualify or call Public Health to schedule a consultation at 712.755.4422.

Screening could save your life!

Learning For Life

The Learning for Life program is offered through Myrtue Medical Center’s Department of Community Health. Would you like to:

  • Give your child the best possible start in life
  • Give your child a solid foundation for school success
  • Increase your confidence and knowledge of child development and parenting skills
  • Share experiences and receive support from other families with young children.

The program is funded through the Tri-County (Harrison, Monona, and Shelby Co.) Early Childhood Iowa Project. The Learning for Life program follows the Parents as Teachers curriculum and it is designed to offer developmental information and support to all parents of infants and young children (prenatal to kindergarten entry).

Learning for Life provides:

  • Personalized home visits with a specially-trained parent educator
  • Health & developmental screening for your child
  • Group meetings for you & your family
  • Instruction on child nutrition and family budgeting
  • Help with understanding your child’s behavior
  • Information about & referral to other community services

If you have any questions or would like to join and you live in Shelby County, please call Public Health at 712.755.4422 – we would love to sign you up or answer any questions that you might have.

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Shelby County Alert Iowa Alerts

Sign up for Shelby County/Alert Iowa Alerts! In the event of an emergency or severe weather, an alert will be sent to the phone number and/or email address provided by voice, text and/or email.

This is a free service provided by Shelby County and the State of Iowa, however, normal message fees may apply. To receive text messages to your cell phone, your cell phone must have text messaging capabilities. Notifications are dependent upon external providers and as such receipt of notifications by the intended recipient cannot be guaranteed.

Alerts sent from Shelby County will originate from 69310 for text messages, 712.555.5555 for voice notifications, and for email. Please be sure to save these in your phone and/or address book.

In order to receive both text and voice alerts, you must enter your cell phone number twice. Select the “Text” option the first time and the “Voice” option the second time.

Early ACCESS Iowa

The purpose of Early ACCESS Iowa is to assist families in connecting with Early ACCESS and community-based services that address specialized child and family needs through a user friendly system.

Call toll-free: 888.IAKIDS1 or 888.425.4371


You work hard to make ends meet. That’s why Iowa offers hawk-i health care coverage for uninsured children of working families. No family pays more than $40 a month. Some families even pay nothing at all.

Call toll-free: 800.257.8563

Everyone needs help sometimes.

If you or a loved one are facing a problem with alcohol, drugs, gambling, mental health or suicidal thoughts, you’re not alone. That is why the Iowa Department of Public Health has created so Iowans can chat live, text, or call and get reliable information and treatment options, and find nearby help.

Shelby County Human Resources Directory