Are They Immunized Correctly? Understanding Iowa Childhood Immunization Laws and the Audit Process

Des Moines, IA US
April 22, 2015

There is no cost to attend.

Three ways to register.

The purpose of this educational activity is to increase the competence of medical providers with ACIP guidelines for childhood immunizations and immunization requirements per Iowa law as a way to be better advocates for children to be fully immunized.  This educational activity will also help medical providers better assess where potential disease risks are within their respective patient populations.

The area of immunizations is ever changing. Due to this, it can be difficult to communicate the changes and maintain consistency among those who are required to have the information. In the State of Iowa what is required for school entry, is different than the recommendations set forth by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP.)  In Polk County we have a significant number of Refugees, Immigrants, and Exchange students from all over the world.  The majorities of these students are lacking various immunizations, and by law are required to be up to date as quickly as medically feasible. In order to catch these students up, they are to be placed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Catch-up Schedule. 

Target Audience

The target audience is nurses, physicians, and mid level providers who evaluate child immunization records to determine compliance of immunizations with Iowa law and ACIP guidelines. 

What clinical problems or opportunities for improvement will the activity address?

  • Review of the ACIP guidelines
  • Review of the Iowa law on immunizations
  • CDC approved minimum spacing of immunizations
  • Iowa Department of Public Health instructions on filling out a provisional certificate
  • Iowa Department of Public Health instructions for valid medical and religious exemptions
  • Iowa law regarding exclusion of a student due to invalid certificates and/or exemptions


TimePresentation and Speaker
2 pmRegistration
2:30 pmImmunization Requirements for Children in Iowa 
Susan Brooks, RN, BSN
3 pmCompleting Provisional and Understanding Exemptions 
Susan Brooks, RN, BSN
3:45 pm

Identifying Where Potential Disease Risks are Within Your Respective Patient 
Leah Gabriel, ARNP, FNP-BC

3:45 pmReview and Discussion
Susan Brooks, RN, BSN and Leah Gabriel, ARNP, FNP-BC
4 pm Adjourn


  1. Know what the ACIP immunization guidelines are for children
  2. Discuss Iowa law’s on required vaccines for school aged children
  3. Verbalize understanding of proper spacing of vaccines (Hepatitis B vaccines and Polio)
  4. Describe how to correctly fill out a provisional
  5. Describe what an exemption is (medical vs. religious) and how to correctly fill out a exemption 
  6. Discuss where potential disease risks are within your respective patient populations


  • Susan Brooks, RN, BSN
    Health Services Coordinator, Polk County Health Department, Des Moines, IA
  • Leah Gabriel, ARNP, FNP-BC
    Nurse Practitioner, Polk County Health Department, Des Moines, IA

Continuing Education Credit

  • Nursing: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.8 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.80 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/22/2015 - 2:30pm CDT
Event ends: 
04/22/2015 - 4:00pm CDT
Polk County Health Department, EOC
1907 Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.80 IBON


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