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Reminder of New Immunization Requirements for the 2014-15 School Year
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Reminder of New Immunization Requirements for the 2014-15 School Year
 

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

The law will go 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 AFirst grade1 Hepatitis A11 years or older
(by September 1)
1 TdapSeventh 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 vaccinatedAll 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)

 

Plans to Offer Immunization Clinics in the Central Region

Pulaski - Jacksonville

Plans to hold late clinics for the following months (see dates below) to meet the needs of the community in daycares and schools with the new Immunization guidelines changes effective September 1, 2014. On Thursdays of each month we will hold walk-in clinics from 12 (noon) until 7pm. The schools and daycares will be notified of this event through email, school nurses and the local newspaper.

  • July 10 Walk-ins from noon until 7 p.m.
  • August 14 Walk-ins from noon until 7 p.m.

Pulaski - North Little Rock

  1. We’ve contacted NLR School Nurse Supervisor (Amanda Stuckey) regarding school immunizations. Below are the following steps NLR will be taking:
  2. Work with the NLR School Registration Office to notify parents of the changes
  3. Have extended working hours to accommodate the community
  4. Have special immunizations clinics days
  • July 17 Walk-ins from noon until 6 p.m.
  • August 13 Walk-ins from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • August 14 Walk-ins from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Pulaski - Central

Will offer extended hour clinics on the following dates:

  • July 1 from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
  • July 10 from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
  • July 15 from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
  • July 24 from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
  • August 2 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Pulaski – Southwest

The unit plans to hold late and Saturday clinics on the following dates:

  • July 12 Saturday Clinic from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
  • July 31 Walk-ins from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.
  • August 2 Saturday Clinic from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
  • August 9 Saturday Clinic from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

 

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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