Health department

announces Tdap clinics

A new law from the Iowa Department of Public Health for the 2013-14 school year requires students entering seventh grade to receive one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) vaccine.

Pertussis, or whooping cough, causes epidemics every three to five years. In 2012, 1,647 cases of pertussis were reported to the Iowa Department of Health, a 417 percent increase compared with the average of the previous five years. The majority of cases occurred in children 10-14 years of age.

The Scott County Health Department is partnering with local schools to provide free Tdap clinics to students in sixth through 12th grades at these times and locations:

Bettendorf Middle School: April 24, during the school day

Davenport middle schools: April 29 to May 3, during the school day

Davenport High School at the Health Department: 3-5 p.m. April 24

Nonpublic schools: April 22-26, during the school day

North Scott sixth grade/junior high/high school: April 22-26, during the school day

Pleasant Valley seventh-12th grades at the Health Department: 3-5 p.m. April 24

Parents are asked to return consent forms with their children to the schools no later than April 19. For more information on pertussis or the Tdap vaccine, visit the website  www.scottcountyiowa.com/health.

Moline library hosts Gettysburg readings

The Friends of the Moline Public Library will present “Gettysburg: One Woman’s War,” at 2:30 p.m.  May 4 at the Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St. Michele LaRue, a professional performer appearing in period costume, will recite three stories from Elsie Singmaster’s 1913 collection, “Gettysburg, Stories of the Red Harvest and the Aftermath.” A native of Chicago, LaRue earned her degree in acting at the University of Kansas. To register for the program, contact the reference desk at 309-524-2470 or email reference@molinelibrary.org.