Board of Health updates immunization requirements

Arkansas State Board of Health New Immunization Requirements For the 2014-2015 School Year

The Arkansas State Board of Health has recently mandated some new immunizations for the 2014-2015 school year.


UPDATE: 

Please be aware that any student who is deficient in any of the CURRENT immunizations will be excluded from school on September 17, 2014. Students who are deficient in the NEW requirements will be excluded from school on October 1, 2014


The law went into effect September 1, 2014. Students will have until October 1, 2014 to show proof to their school that they have obtained the needed vaccines. If a parent cannot provide documentation that the student has received the necessary vaccines by October 1, 2014, the student will be excluded from school at that time. The student will not be allowed to enter school until the necessary documentation is provided.

There are three types of exemptions: medical, philosophical and religious. If for any reason you choose not to have your child immunized, you must call the Arkansas Department of Health for an exemption application. This is an annual requirement, and the process is lengthy. The application must be reviewed and approved by the Arkansas Department of Health before an exemption is granted. Proof of exemption or proof of exemption application is required BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS.

If there are reported cases of a vaccine-preventable communicable disease, an exempted student may be excluded from school for up to 21 days, or until the Arkansas Department of Health deems that it is safe for the exempted student to return to school.

Because of the large number of students who will be affected, we strongly encourage you to contact your local Health Department or your doctor’s office to schedule these vaccines as soon as possible. If you wait until close to the start of the school year, you may find you are unable to get a timely appointment or you may run the risk of non-availability of the vaccines.

If your child is new to our district and you do not provide his/her shot record, you will NOT be allowed to complete registration or enroll your child UNTIL the shot record is provided.

If your child is presently enrolled in our district and the current immunizations are deficient (those in place before the additional State requirements effective 9-14 were added), your child will be excluded from school on September 17, 2014.

If you have any questions about your child’s immunization record, you can ask his/her School Nurse for additional information.

THESE VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT OR YOUR DOCTOR’S OFFICE. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR A SCHEDULE OF ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PLANNED IMMUNIZATION CLINICS.

New Requirements

Pre-K2 Hepatitis A (first dose after 1st birthday)
Kindergarten1 Hepatitis A
First grade1 Hepatitis A
11 years or older
(by September 1)
1 Tdap
Seventh grade1 MCV4 (Meningococcal)
16 years old
(by September 1)
1 MCV4 (Meningococcal) 2nd dose due at 16, or 1 dose on/after age 16 if not previously vaccinated
All students
(Kindergarten through Grade 12)
2 Varicella (Chicken Pox); First dose after 1st birthday; (For history of disease, only a doctor’s letter will be accepted)

IF YOUR CHILD IS A PATIENT AT ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GENERAL PEDIATRIC CLINIC, YOU CAN CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT TO RECEIVE VACCINES THERE AS WELL

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