NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - To better protect children in public and private schools, the Arkansas department of education is changing requirements when it comes to immunizations.
The biggest change would be a requirement of the T-dap shot, which is a combination vaccine.
Children who will be 11 years old or older on or before September first of each school year will have to get the shot.
To aid in the effort, the North Little Rock Health department is offering a few options for walk-ins to get the vaccine.
Officials said this change will go into effect on September 1st of this year.
A child who has already received the shot will not have to get another.
NLRHD Walk In Clinics and Special Hours:
May 15, 2014......walk in noon- 6:00pm
June 19, 2014......walk in noon -6:00pm
July 17, 2014.......walk in noon - 6:00pm
August 13, 2014...walk in 8:00am-4:30pm
August 14, 2014...walk in 8:00am-6:00pm
Changes to School Immunization Requirements:
·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. Students 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.