LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Pulaski Central County Health Unit will hold special after-hour immunization clinics this summer to help parents get their children up-to-date on the new immunization requirements for the 2014-15 school year. These new requirements will affect many students and children in Pulaski County, so parents and caregivers are encouraged to make appointments with the Pulaski Central County Health Unit or their primary care doctor well before the start of the new school year.
The after-hours immunization clinics will be held:
- Thursday, July 10, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 15, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, July 24, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 29, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, August 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
No appointments are needed. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance cards with you to the health unit. If you do not have insurance, the Pulaski Central County Health Unit will provide the shots to your child at no charge to you. Please do not wait until the end of the summer to make sure your child is up-to-date with the new immunization requirements.
Proposed immunization requirements for students in both private and public school who are entering the upcoming school year include:
- All students 11 years and older by September 1 of each year will be required to have one dose of Tdap vaccine. Tdap is the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine for older children and adults. If a student has had a previous dose of Tdap, a 2nd dose is not required. Any Student Age 11 and older.
- Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be required to have 1 dose of Hepatitis A vaccine. Kindergarten and 1st Grade
- All students will be required to have 3 doses of Polio vaccine, with 1 dose on or after the 4th birthday and 6 months between the 2nd and 3rd doses. Children who receive 4 doses of Polio vaccine, with 1 dose on or after the 4th birthday and 6 months between the 3rd and 4th doses will meet this requirement. All Students K-12
Other immunization requirements that will be in effect on Sept. 1, 2014 include:
- 4 doses of DTaP vaccine, with 1 dose on or after the 4th birthday. DTaP is the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine for babies and young children. All Students K-12
- 2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, with 1st dose on or after 1st birthday, and at least 28 days between the first and second dose. All Students K-12
- 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine. All Students K-12
- 2 doses of Varicella vaccine with 1st dose on or after 1st birthday. Physician documentation only for history of disease will be accepted in place of the shot. All Students K-12
- All 7th graders will be required to have one dose of MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccine with a 2nd dose administered at age 16. If a student is not vaccinated prior to age 16 years, 1 dose is required for all students who are age 16 on or before September 1of each year. All 7th Grade Students and Any Student Age 16 on or before September 1.
Please note that the requirements for school attendance do not include all of the shots that are recommended for children. For information about all of the recommended shots, please talk to your doctor or nurse, or visit the Pulaski Central County Health Unit. Children who receive all of the recommended shots for their age will fulfill the requirements for school attendance.