In accordance with Arkansas State Law Act 141 of 1987, and revised Arkansas Department of Health Immunization Rules and Regulations revised 2009, all students are REQUIRED to provide legal proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), to the Student Health Clinic.
Students with less than 30 credit hours (Freshman) must show proof of two MMR vaccines. If you will be living on campus, proof of two MMRs is required. Foreign born students need to provide proof of two MMR immunizations. For all other students, one dose of MMR will be required.
To prove immunity, a copy of an official immunization record from a licensed medical doctor, an authorized public health representative, or a military record must be provided to SHS before class registration. An official record from another educational institution in Arkansas is also acceptable. In lieu of receiving the vaccine, immunity can be shown by providing documented evidence of appropriate serological testing. (Lab titers for measles, mumps, and rubella)
Exceptions include those students who were born prior to January 1, 1957 and those who have applied for or received a medical or non-medical exemption (philosophical exemption) from the Arkansas Department of Health. A statement must be provided stating that the exemption is in process of approval from the Arkansas Department of Health.
If you were born outside the United States or have lived outside the U.S. for 6 months or more, you will be required to submit records of Foreign Born Immunization and TB Skin Testing. Failure to do so may prevent the student's ability to register.
The following are immunizations for incoming college students as RECOMMENDED by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA). Vaccine-preventable diseases continue to occur on American campuses and this can be a good time to update any immunizations to help prevent these diseases.
These are NOT REQUIRED only recommended:
- Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis (TDAP) - Booster every 10 years
- HPV or Human Papilloma Vaccine - Three doses for lifetime immunity
- Hepatitis A Vaccine - Two doses for lifetime immunity
- Hepatitis B Vaccine - Three doses for lifetime immunity
- Influenza Vaccine - Offered Yearly
- Menactra (Meningitis Vaccine) - Protects against 4 of the 5 strains of Bacterial Meningitis. One dose for immunity.
For more detailed information about Immunizations and Vaccines go to http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/index.html