Siouxland District Health Department

Creating a healthy community for all


Reportable Disease Hotline

To report diseases immediately, use the Iowa Department of Public Health 24/7 disease reporting telephone hotline: 1-800-362-2736. 

Want to know when and how to report certain diseases view IDPH's Disease Reporting Poster.

Disease Tracker

Interested in knowing what illnesses are being reported in Woodbury County? Find out by viewing our Disease Tracker.


Testing your home for radon is easy and inexpensive. Test kits are available at SDHD for only $7. Learn more about radon and testing your home. 

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Learn more about owning or renting a smoke free apartment and which Woodbury County apartment complexes are smoke free.

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Please read the Iowa WIC Rights & Responsibilities statement before your scheduled certification appointment(s). Lea la Declaración de derechos y responsabilidades de WIC de Iowa antes de su(s) cita(s) de certificación. 

Iowa WIC Rights & Responsibilities statement (French)

Make sure you are prepared and you bring everything you need. Find out what you should bring with you

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Need a copy of your child's immunization record? Click Here. Must have name, date of birth, and a Social Security or Medicaid number.

To schedule an appointment, call 712-279-6119 and ask for the clinic.

Immunization eligibility information for Vaccine for Children's (VFC) program in English and Spanish 

Click here for more information.

All clinics held at SDHD, 1014 Nebraska St.

There is a $15.00 administration fee per child for all non-Iowa Medicaid children receiving vaccinations through our immunization clinics.  We accept cash, check, credit or debit cards for payment at this time. In addition, we are unable to accept children with Hawk-I coverage.  These children should be taken to their physician for immunizations.


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Sex Questions From 8th Graders PDF Print E-mail


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A Series to Help You Navigate Those Tough Questions

Over the course of the next several weeks we will be addressing questions that health professionals received from one local middle school.  We encourage parents to use this information to start conversations with their middle and high school children. The most recent question posted on social media will be on the top of this QA list. 


Q: Can you have sex or get pregnant when you are on your period?

A: You can have sex while you're on your period. However, having sex on your period (whether it's the first day or the last) won't protect you from pregnancy or STDs.


Q: Can you get pregnant from anal or oral sex?

A: No. It's not possible to become pregnant from anal intercourse, when the penis is inserted into a partner's anus. But, pregnancy can occur if semen is spilled into the vagina or into the vulva during any kind of sex.


Q: Why do condoms break?

A: Often condoms break because they are not used correctly.


Q: What is the procedure for getting tested for STDs for girls and boys?

A: Currently, at Siouxland District Health Department, males are tested with a urine sample and a visual examination. Females are tested in our office by a female nurse clinician.  The nurse performs a pelvic examination. For more information or to schedule a confidential appointment, call 712-279-6119.


Q: How do you get HPV?

A: According to the CDC, you can get HPV by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus. It is most commonly spread during vaginal or anal sex. HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms. Anyone who is sexually active can get HPV, even if you have had sex with only one person. This infection is preventable by vaccination. Contact your local health department or health care provider for more information. 


Q: Would you recommend dating an older guy/girl?

A: Parents, your teens are asking this tough question.  Including this topic in your conversations maybe important. 


Q: If you are uncircumcised is that like a built-in condom?

A: No.  Males need to wear condoms whether they are circumcised or uncircumcised.


Q: What is incest?

A: Incest is a class “D” felony. According to Iowa code 726.2, incest is a person, except a child as defined in section 702.5, who performs a sex act with another whom the person knows to be related to the person, either legitimately or illegitimately, as an ancestor, descendant, brother or sister of the whole or half blood, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew, commits incest.


Q: What age were you pressured to have sex?

A: No one, regardless of age, should ever be pressured to have sex. If they ever feel pressured to have any type of sexual encounter, encourage your teen to come to you or someone they trust.


Q: Can I buy condoms?

A: Anyone of any age can buy condoms, which cost approximately $1 each. Condoms are available for free at a variety of locations across Iowa. Visit for more information and locations.


Q: What is oral?

A: Oral sex is when you place your mouth, lips or tongue on your partner's genitals or anus.


Q: Why is the condoms and birth control not 100% safe (effective) for men and women?

A: Due to human error with use of products, nothing is 100% effective in the prevention of pregnancy and STDs, except abstinence.


Q: How do we get pregnant? 

A: Pregnancy happens when a man's sperm fertilizes a woman's egg, which can happen even if you've not had sexual intercourse (penetration).  The man's sperm enters the woman's body through her vagina, then travels through her cervix and womb to the fallopian tubes, where an egg is fertilized (conception).


Q: When do you think we should have sex?

A: Parents, your children are wondering when they should or can have sex? You may want to address this topic during a conversation with your teen.


Q: How do you start a conversation with your parents about sex?

A: Parents of teens should start the conversation and not wait for their teen to ask questions. It will likely be an uncomfortable conversation. It doesn’t need to be lengthy. Several conversations maybe easier for you and your teen.   In your conversation, be a good listener and don’t over react. Remember, just because they ask, doesn’t mean they are doing it. They may have heard it, read it, or seen it on TV.


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