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Public Health

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Masks are required upon office entry

Wapello Building

108 E Main St
Ottumwa, IA 52501
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Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. closed for lunch
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Public Health

The Mission of Wapello County Public Health is to promote, preserve, and protect the health and environmental wellbeing of ALL Wapello County Residents.

Wapello County Public Health is the county public health agency. The agency is nondiscriminatory regarding race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or handicap.

Programs and policies are consistent with federal, state laws and regulations.


Wapello County Public Health’s focus by Code of Iowa is immunizations, communicable disease follow up and community health needs assessment/community health improvement plan (CHA/CHIP).

Public health provides children’s vaccine for 0-18 years.  Adult COVID and influenza vaccine is available for adults that have no insurance.  Adult Hepatitis B and Tdap is stocked for a fee.  Tuberculosis skin test is given for a fee.  The skin test requires the individual to return 48-72 hours for the final reading.   A variety of services are initiated by public health.  The services include health education, blood borne pathogen in-services, Narcan education/dispensing, and community emergency preparedness for disease outbreaks.  A required activity is annual audits of student’s immunization cards in daycare, preschool and schools.  Immunization exemption forms are available in the office upon request.  DNA samples are collected through a contract with DNA companies.  Services for vaccines and TB skin tests are by appointment by calling the office or the online link. 

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