NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - The North Little Rock Health Department (NLRDH) and the North Little Rock School District are working together to get the district's students vaccinated to meet the new School Immunization Requirements for 2014 school entry.
NLRHD Walk-in clinics schedule:
- May 15 - noon to 6 p.m.
- June 19 - noon to 6 p.m.
- July 17 - noon to 6 p.m.
- August 13 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- August 14 - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year:
- Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.
- Kindergarten and Grade 1: students need one Hepatitis A shot that was given on or after their first birthday.
- Kindergarten through Grade 12: students need to complete a series of three polio shots. One of the shots must have been given on or after the student’s fourth birthday.
- Kindergarten through Grade 12: students need to complete a series of two varicella shots. Varicella is also called chickenpox. History of disease can be provided in lieu of getting the shot, but only if it is reported by a medical professional.
- Grades 1 through 12: students need to have completed a series of four DTaP shots with one given on or after the student’s fourth birthday. Only three DTaP shots are required if the student did not receive any before age 7 years. The DTaP shot is the pertussis shot for young children. It also protects against tetanus and diphtheria.
- Grade 7: students need a meningococcal shot. Students turning age 16 years on or before September 1 regardless of their grade will also need a meningococcal shot of they have not already had one. If they have had one prior to turning 16, they will need a second shot. Stu-dents turning age 16 years on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new requirement.
- Pre-K: In addition to the previous requirements, children in childcare will need one or two Hepatitis A shots, depending on their age. Children will need one to four Polio shots, depending on their age, and need to wait at least six months after the third polio shot before getting the fourth one.
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