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Health Department will NOT start COVID-19 boosters on September 20, 2021

The Polk County Health Department will NOT start providing the community with COVID-19 boosters on Monday, September 20, 2021. The FDA and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have not approved the booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Approval of booster doses is required by BOTH the FDA and ACIP prior to COVID-19 vaccine booster doses being administered.

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9/17/2021

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Here are the numbers of patients #hospitalized due to #COVID19 as of September 20, 2021. Getting vaccinated can help protect against COVID-19 infection or severe complications. Schedule your vaccine today at https://t.co/xf0MkTd6yS.

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9/22/2021

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Health Department recommends everyone six months and older to get their annual flu shot

Each year, flu season is unpredictable and severe. Some years, we have seen a mild flu season. Other flu seasons, such as when the H1N1 and H2N3 strains appeared, we saw healthy individuals, those with underlying health conditions, the young and old become sick, hospitalized and even die. The truth is we have no idea what this year’s flu season will look like. What we do know is that it is possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

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9/16/2021

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Polk County Health

Pick up a COVID-19 Test Kit at PCHD!

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9/22/2021

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New Visitor Restriction Guidelines for All Polk County Hospitals

As we continue to work together to keep our patients, families and healthcare providers safe and healthy, the following new visitor restriction policies have been put in place by all metro hospitals (Broadlawns Medical Center, MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and UnityPoint Health – Des Moines).

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8/27/2021

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Straight from the CDC

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9/21/2021

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COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are surging: It is time for our community to step up and do the right thing

Polk County is back in a situation we hoped to never be in again. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise.

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8/24/2021

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Polk County Health

Did you know that unvaccinated people are 17x more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those who are vaccinated? Individuals 12 years of age and older can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Register for an appointment today at https://t.co/ScOBz749om.

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9/21/2021

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Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised Individuals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending an additional COVID-19 vaccine for individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

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8/16/2021

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Polk County Health

Don't forget to wear your mask! 😷😷😷

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9/20/2021

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Central Iowa experiences prolonged extreme heat event: Take precautions especially when outdoors

(Des Moines, IA) – With very hot weather expected this weekend the Polk County Health Department encourages residents to take extra precautions to stay safe. Temperatures and humidity will be rising for the next several days and heat indices may exceed 100 throughout the weekend and again into next week.

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7/23/2021

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Polk County Health

Flu shots will be available Monday-Friday 10 AM-6 PM BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Visit https://t.co/ScOBz6MywO to register for an appointment. πŸ’‰

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9/20/2021

COVID-19 call center for eligible individuals (12 years and older) WITHOUT computer or internet access, please call 515-323-5221 Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.