Polk County Health Department

News & Press Releases

Polk County Health Department Media Advisory: Medical Camp Media Advisory

Monday, September 15, 2014

Des Moines, IA – The Sri Sathya Sai Center of Des Moines and partners are providing free health education, medical screenings and lunch on Saturday, September 2…

Sexually Transmitted Disease (Std) Weekly Totals For September 8 - 12, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

September  8- 12, 2014, Health Department staff confirmed 78 Chlamydia cases, 17 Gonorrhea cases, 3 Syphilis cases and 0 cases of HIV.

IDPH News Release: Late Summer Virus Causing Illness in Iowa

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced a virus that has caused outbreaks in Illinois, Ohio, Kansas and other states is also causing illne…

Sexually Transmitted Disease (Std) Weekly Totals For September 1 - 5, 2014

Monday, September 08, 2014

September 1 - 5, 2014, Health Department staff confirmed 44 Chlamydia cases, 5 Gonorrhea cases, 3 Syphilis cases and 2 cases of HIV.

The Des Moines Register’s Editorial: State needs tougher vaccination exemptions

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Des Moines Register’s Editorial: State needs tougher vaccination exemptions

Sexually Transmitted Disease (Std) Weekly Totals For August 25 – August 29, 2014

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

August 25 – August 29, 2014, Health Department staff confirmed 52 Chlamydia cases, 6 Gonorrhea cases, 1 Syphilis case and 1 case of HIV.

Sexually Transmitted Disease (Std) Weekly Totals For August 18 – August 22, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

August 18 – August 22, 2014, Health Department staff confirmed 70 Chlamydia cases, 12 Gonorrhea cases, 2 Syphilis cases and 2 cases of HIV.

Media Advisory: Polk County Health Department Hosts Diabetes Screening Day

Friday, August 22, 2014

Polk County Health Department Hosts Diabetes Screening Day  (Des Moines, IA) – The Polk County Health Department will host a Diabetes Screening Day on Monda…

Athletes, outdoor workers and individuals without AC take precautions in the extremely hot weather

Thursday, August 21, 2014

(Des Moines, IA) –Toward the end of the week and into the weekend, Central Iowa is expected to see high temperatures and humidity. We have experienced a milder …

Sexually Transmitted Disease (Std) Weekly Totals For August 11 – August 15, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

August 11 – August 15, 2014, Health Department staff confirmed 59 Chlamydia cases, 15 Gonorrhea cases, 0 Syphilis cases and 1 case of HIV.

Polk County Health Department Hosts Diabetes Screening Day

Monday, August 18, 2014

Polk County Health Department Hosts Diabetes Screening Day  (Des Moines, IA) – The Polk County Health Department will host a Diabetes Screening Day on Monday, …

Sexually Transmitted Disease (Std) Weekly Totals For August 4 – August 8, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

August 4 – August 8, 2014, Health Department staff confirmed 55 Chlamydia cases, 16 Gonorrhea cases, 2 Syphilis cases and 1 case of HIV.

Sexually Transmitted Disease (Std) Weekly Totals For July 28 – August 1, 2014

Monday, August 04, 2014

July 28 – August 1, 2014, Health Department staff confirmed 57 Chlamydia cases, 6 Gonorrhea cases, 5 Syphilis cases and 0 cases of HIV.

Sexually Transmitted Disease (Std) Weekly Totals For July 21 – July 25, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

July 21 – July 25, 2014, Health Department staff confirmed 55 Chlamydia cases, 16 Gonorrhea cases, 1 Syphilis case and 0 cases of HIV.

Sexually Transmitted Disease (Std) Weekly Totals For July 14 – July 18, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 14 – July 18, 2014, Health Department staff confirmed 66 Chlamydia cases, 9 Gonorrhea cases, 4 Syphilis cases and 1 case of HIV.

Health Department Encourages Safety Precautions during Hot and Humid Weather

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

(Des Moines, IA) – Central Iowa is approaching the first significant heat event of the season. The past week has been rather cool. However, the hot and humid…

Sexually Transmitted Disease (Std) Weekly Totals For July 7 – July 10, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July 7 – July 11, Health Department staff confirmed 48 Chlamydia cases, 9 Gonorrhea cases, 2 Syphilis cases and 0 cases of HIV.

Sexually Transmitted Disease (Std) Weekly Totals For June 30 – July 3, 2014

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

June 30 – July 3, 2014, Health Department staff confirmed 59 Chlamydia cases, 4 Gonorrhea cases, 0 Syphilis cases and 0 cases of HIV.

Jumpstart Back-to-School Health Fair Provides Health Services to Polk County Students

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

(Des Moines, IA) -  The Polk County Health Department and Des Moines University will host Jumpstart, a free back-to-school health fair on Saturday, July 26, 201…

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Weekly Totals for June 23 – 27, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

June 23 – 27, 2014, Health Department staff confirmed 82 Chlamydia cases, 3 Gonorrhea cases, 1 Syphilis case and 2 cases of HIV.

Polk County Health Department, Walgreens and Greater than AIDS offer free HIV Testing

Monday, June 23, 2014

POLK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, WALGREENS AND GREATER THAN AIDS TEAM TO OFFER FREE HIV TESTING IN SUPPORT OF NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY   HIV Testing Event at Wa…

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Weekly Totals for June 16-20,2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

June 16 – 20, 2014, Health Department staff confirmed 39 Chlamydia cases, 4 Gonorrhea cases, 5 Syphilis cases and 2 cases of HIV.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Weekly Totals

Friday, June 20, 2014

June 9 - 13, 2014, Health Department staff confirmed 49 Chlamydia cases, 6 Gonorrhea cases, 5 Syphilis cases and 3 cases of HIV.

Health Department Enourages Healthy Swimming

Thursday, June 19, 2014

(Des Moines, IA) – As swimming pools open on Memorial Day weekend, the Polk County Health Department would like to remind pool patrons that pools and other recr…

It is not too late to sign up for Health Insurance (But it soon it will be)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Polk County Health Department and other community partners will be holding a health insurance enrollment fair on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 10:00am to 3:…

Using the Polk County Air Quality Index for Heart Health

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Polk County Air Quality (AQI) can help you protect your heart. Check it out /airquality/“How many times have you heard a forecast that said, ‘Air pollution …

Free Colorectal Cancer Screening Offered by Polk County - Health Department

Thursday, June 19, 2014

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the Polk County Health Department is participating in a free and ongoing colon cancer screening program.…

Get Healthy DSM Project

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Polk County Health Department, partnering with community organizations, such as the American Lung Association of Iowa, Easter Seals, Lutheran Services in Io…

Health Insurance Enrollment Fair Success Prompts Another Event

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Polk County Health Department, A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy (AMOS), and other community partners will be holding a health insurance enrollment fair on Sat…

Polk County Health Department to Hold 'Diabetes Screening Day'

Thursday, June 19, 2014

On Monday, January 27 from 8-11:00 am, Polk County Health Department will hold a “Diabetes Screening Day” at 1907 Carpenter Avenue in Des Moines where you can g…

Flu activity increasing in Iowa, dominant strain good match to vaccine

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Surveillance data in Iowa shows that while still relatively low, influenza activity is increasing and that the dominant strain is 2009 H1N1. In 2009 this strain…

Health insurance enrollment fair to be held

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Polk County Health Department, A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy (AMOS), and other community partners are holding a health insurance enrollment fair on Saturda…

Vaccine Refusal Linked to California Pertussis Outbreak

Thursday, June 19, 2014

New evidence suggests that clusters of people who refused the whooping vaccine may have been one of the factors that contributed to California's 2010 whooping c…

Polk County Health Department Announces Schedule for Flu Clinics

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Polk County Health Department will be holding nearly 50 community flu vaccination clinics beginning September 25 through November 2013. The annual “drive-thru f…

Take precautions outdoors and use cool nights to avoid heat related illness

Thursday, June 19, 2014

This week is expected to bring record high temperatures however, cool overnight hours provide protection from heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Anyone is at risk…

Health Risks from a fire at 1422 Scott Ave

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A warehouse fire at Taylor Recycling on 1422 Scott Ave last night, created a smoke plume that can cause health risks due to poor air quality.Jeremy Becker, Polk…

Overnight cooling shelter closing due to cooler overnight temperatures

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Polk County Health Department overnight cooling shelter that has been open at Zion Lutheran Church in Des Moines will be closing today (Friday, August 30). …

Overnight cooling shelter and extended daytime cooling shelters open

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The prolonged extreme heat that is expected this week and weekend can pose as serious risk of heat stroke, heat exhaustion or death, especially in older adults …

Prolonged extreme heat dangerous to athletes, outdoor workers, those without AC

Thursday, June 19, 2014

This week and into the weekend is expected to bring record high temperatures and because of the mild weather so far this summer our bodies may not be as prepare…

Polk County Health Department to Hold Free Adult Screening Day

Thursday, June 19, 2014

On Wednesday, August 21 from 8-11am, Polk County Health Department will hold an Adult Screening Day at 1907 Carpenter Avenue in Des Moines where adults can rece…

Cryptosporidium cases continue to rise in Polk County: Prevent spread in schools

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The number of cryptosporidium cases in Polk County has continued to rise to over 170 cases since early July. This parasite causes severe diarrhea for up to 30 d…

Polk County Health Department prevents lead poisoning through home repair assistance

Thursday, June 19, 2014

As you prepare to get your older children ready for school, it’s time to maximize your toddlers ability to have lifelong learning by making sure they live in a …

Cryptosporidium cases rising in Polk County: Swimming pool etiquette can reduce spread

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cryptosporidium is one of the most frequent causes of waterborne disease among humans in the United States and Polk County is seeing far higher numbers than usu…

New Vaccination Requirement for 7th Grade Iowa Students

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year the State of Iowa will require all students entering 7th grade and who are born on or after September 15, 2000 to provi…

Diarrheal Illness Common Symptom of Other Parasite Diseases

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cyclospora isn't the only parasite that can cause diarrhea and stomach pains. Cryptosporidium is one of the most frequent causes of waterborne disease among hum…

First Human West Nile Virus Case of 2013 in Iowa

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus disease in Iowa of 2013. The case is a male middle…

New Study Shows HPV Vaccine Helping Lower HPV Infection Rates in Teen Girls

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A new study looking at the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in girls and women before and after the introduction of the HPV vaccine shows a s…

Measles Epidemic in Wales tops 1,000 Cases

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Public health officials warn that tens of thousands of children and young adults across Wales remain at risk. The number of cases in the Swansea measles epidemi…

Eliminate Breeding Mosquitoes in Standing Water to Reduce Disease Risk

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Des Moines, IA – Mosquitoes that can carry West Nile Virus will be breeding in the standing water from the recent heavy rains and warm temperatures. Polk County…

Polk County Health Department to Host Unveiling of Inspirational Artwork by Local Artist

Thursday, June 19, 2014

On May 17th, from 5-8pm the Polk County Health Department is hosting a reception to unveil the first of six paintings to be completed over the next two years. “…

Polk County Health Department Hosting Heart Attack Risk Event

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Polk County Health Department will host a free heart attack risk screening event on May 8 from 8-11:00 am at the Polk County Health Department to help women…

Polk County Health Department Receives Adult Immunization Grant

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Polk County Health Department has received a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Vaccine Program Office and JBS In…

Free Colorectal Cancer Screening Offered by Polk County Health Department

Thursday, June 19, 2014

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the Polk County Health Department is participating in a free and ongoing colon cancer screening program.…

Gonorrhea Becoming Resistant to Antibiotics

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The most common sexually transmitted diseases in Polk County are gonorrhea and Chlamydia and both are usually treated easily with antibiotics. However, gonorrhe…

Polk County Receives Funding for Women's Heart Health

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Polk County Health Department has been awarded $10,000 from the Office on Women’s Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office to incre…

Staying Home When Sick and Handwashing Can Reduce Spread of Flu

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Influenza season is underway and expected to be more severe than previous years. While flu vaccinations are the most effective ways to prevent influenza, stayin…

Polk County Health Department to Hold “Diabetes Screening Day”

Thursday, June 19, 2014

On Wednesday, January 9 from 8-11:00 am, Polk County Health Department will hold a “Diabetes Screening Day” at 1907 Carpenter Avenue in Des Moines where you can…

Contact Us

Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033
Toll free: 866-209-1300
Email:
healthdept@polkcountyiowa.gov


Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314