Polk County Health Department

Immunization- Infants/Adolescents

Content updated on 07/25/17

According to CDC recognized guidelines, all children should be immunized against infectious diseases starting at birth unless medical conditions prevent immunization. When there is a low immunization rate within a population, there is a higher risk of a disease outbreak. Not only do vaccinations keep a child safe from life-threatening diseases, it also protects the lives of those children who are unable to receive a vaccine for medical reasons.


The rates of immunization among infants (0 – 2 years old) in Polk County were dropping from 2012 to 2015. In 2016, the rates were back again to higher numbers (72%). The State rates also showed increased from 67% in 2015 to 69% in 2016. (Source: IDPH Immunization Program)

2016 Data 2-Year Old Population Vaccination Coverage in Polk County
County Population Born in 2014  Estimate Total Records Analyzed from IRIS  Percent of Population in IRIS  4 DTaP Coverage Percent  3 Polio Coverage Percent  1 MMR Coverage Percent  3 Hib Coverage Percent 3 Hep B Coverage Percent  1Varicella Coverage Percent 4 PCV Coverage Percent  Up-To-Date 4-3-1-3-3-1-4 Coverage Percent
6,866 7,432 108.2 79 89 87 84 90 86 78 72


Immunization among adolescents (13-15 years old) had improved during past years. During 2010-2016, the rate of immunizations for adolescent in Polk County went from 23% in 2010 to 67% in 2016. These rates are higher than the ones found in the State. (Source: IDPH Immunization Program)

2016 Data Adolescents (13-15 years old) Vaccine Coverage

County Population 2014 Estimate

Total Records Analyzed from IRIS Percent of Population in IRIS  3 Hep B Coverage Percent  1 Meningitis Coverage Percent  2 MMR Coverage Percent  1 Td/Tdap Coverage Percent  2 Varicella Coverage Percent Up-to-Date 3-1-2-1-2 Coverage Percent7 
18,803 21,767 115.8 89 77 86 87 80 67

HPV Coverage Among Adolescents

During 2016, the rates of male and female adolescents vaccinated for HPV increased in Polk County. The rates of female adolescentes increased in 2016 (32%) in comparison with 2015 (25%). In the case of males, these rates improved from 2015 (17%) to 2016 (23%). Similar increased was experienced at the State level. (Source: IDPH Immunization Program)

2016 HPV Coverage Teenagers
3 HPV All Genders Coverage Percent  3 HPV Female Coverage Percent  3 HPV Male Coverage Percent
27 32 23

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