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Blood Pressure Screening

What is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure (HBP) is a serious condition that can lead to heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems.

“Blood pressure” is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways.

About 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure.

High blood pressure itself usually has no symptoms. You can have it for years without knowing it. During this time, though, it can damage the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of your body.

That’s why it’s important to know your blood pressure numbers, even when you feel fine.

If your blood pressure is normal, you can work with your healthcare team to keep it that way. If your blood pressure is too high, you need treatment to prevent damage to your body’s organs.

Sac County Health Services offers free blood pressure screening.  Call for an appointment. Screenings are also available at scheduled outreach sites by request. 

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Communicable Disease Followup

Infections or communicable diseases are a continuing threat to all people, regardless of age, gender, lifestyle, ethnic background, or socioeconomic status. They cause illness, suffering, and even death, and an enormous financial burden on society. Although modern advances have controlled some infectious diseases, new ones are constantly emerging. State public health officials rely on local public health departments, healthcare providers, laboratories, and other public health personnel, to report communicable or infectious diseases. Without such data, trends cannot be accurately monitored, unusual occurrences of diseases (such as outbreaks) might not be detected or appropriately responded to, and the effectiveness of control and prevention activities cannot be evaluated.

What types of services are offered through Sac County Health Services Communicable Disease Program?

  • Investigation of the source of communicable diseases
  • Surveillance of communicable diseases
  • Notification to the public of their risk for communicable diseases
  • Control measures to prevent the spread of the diseases.

What kind of information about Communicable Diseases is available?

  • Statistics related to diseases and disease trends
  • Fact sheets and brochures for specific diseases

What are common reportable communicable diseases?

CryptosporidiosisEscherichia Coli Pathogenic (E-COLI)Hepatitis AHepatitis BLyme DiseaseMeaslesMeningococcal DiseasePertussisRabiesSalmonellosisStaph Aureus (VRSA)TuberculosisTuberculosis

Contact Information

Keri Geery, RN, BSN
Sac County Health Services
Courthouse Annex
116 South State Street, Suite A
Sac City, Iowa 50583

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Health Education

The health education program is carried out to inform and instruct Sac County citizens about healthy behaviors to promote wellness.

Programs are provided by agency staff at various health events, Senior Meal sites and other organizations in Sac County to educate them about the many long-term benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.

To schedule a presentation, please call our office at 712-662-4785.

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Healthy Feet

The Healthy Feet program provides skilled foot care to persons who may have problems performing this care themselves due to visual or other physical limitations. One of the main goals of this service is to reduce preventable foot health problems. Foot care clinics are held at various sites throughout Sac County each month.

During the course of the clinic, an RN/LPN will perform the following: an examination of the feet to determine health conditions that may contribute to foot problems; soak the feet, clean, trim, and file toenails, provide cuticle care, and lotion the feet.

Persons with foot problems such as corns, calluses, and ingrown nails will be referred to their physician or podiatrist. Pre-registration is requested for services.

To set up an appointment at the “Healthy Feet “Clinic of your choice, please call us at (712) 662-4785.

A $25.00 donation is requested to help cover the cost of the service.

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Immunization Clinics are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Sac County Health Services office located at 116 South State Street in Sac City. Appointments are appreciated but walk-ins are also welcome. If the scheduled clinic does not work, you may call to make an appointment. To make an appointment, contact 712-662-4785.

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Child Vaccine Information

The immunization program assures access to childhood immunizations for infants and children through age 18 in specific, underserved populations. Children need to be immunized at 2, 4, 6, 12, and 18 months of age, and at 4 years and 11 years of age.

Sac County Health Services participates in the Vaccine for Children program (VFC). Vaccinations are provided to children birth through 18 years of age at no cost.

To receive vaccination through the VFC program children must meet at least one of these eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled in Iowa Medicaid Program
  • Have no health insurance
  • Is American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Have health insurance that DOES NOT pay for vaccines

It costs SCHS $5.00-$10.00 to immunize each individual. Please help us to cover the costs with a donation if able.

Child vaccinations that are available but not required are:

  • Hepatitis A series
  • Influenza (flu) annually
  • Covid-19
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Adolescent Vaccine Information

The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that pre-teens get several vaccines at age 11 or 12 years, or later as part of a “catch-up” plan for older teens. These vaccines are:

  • Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap)
  • Meningococcal ACWY vaccine series (required)
  • Meningococcal B vaccine
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series
  • Hepatitis A (hep A) series
  • Varicella (chickenpox) primary series or booster dose
  • Influenza (flu) annually

These vaccines prevent serious, sometimes life-threatening diseases. Immunity from some childhood vaccines can wane over time, so people need to get another dose of the vaccine during their pre-teen years. Also, as children move into adolescence, they are at greater risk of catching certain diseases, like meningitis and HPV.

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Adult Vaccine Information

We NEVER outgrow the need for vaccinations! Annual flu shots are recommended for everyone and we all need tetanus boosters every 10 years. Adult vaccines are paid for at the time of vaccination. Prices vary by type of vaccine. Please call SCHS for current pricing.

Adult immunization services available include:

  • Td/Tdap boosters
  • Hepatitis A vaccine series
  • Hepatitis B vaccine series
  • Annual influenza vaccinations
  • Covid-19 Vaccinations: Adult and children
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TB Testing

Tuberculosis (TB) Screenings and follow-ups are provided at a low cost to the public. Sac County Health Services provides TB testing to the general public at the Sac County Health Services office on request. A copy of the testing and results will be provided as necessary.

Persons requiring TB medication are provided with education and follow-up services.

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