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Back-to-school immunization requirements have changed

Posted: August 14, 2014 - 2:20pm

Changes to immunization requirements have plenty of parents scheduling doctor appointments for their children before the school year begins. Several new requirements become effective Sept. 1.

Dr. Courtney Meena, a Conway pediatrician, said the biggest change this year is that kindergarteners and first graders need a Hepatitis A shot. Also, children who will be age 11 or older will be required to have a Tdap shot, qhich protects against tetanus, diptheria and pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

“There’s so much pertussis going around,” Meena said. “Pertussis is bad for small babies or infants because it can kill them. Immunizing the children that we can protects the infants that we can’t immunize yet.”

According to a press release from the Arkansas Department of Health, in 2013 there were 466 cases of pertussis in Arkansas, up from 80 cases in 2011. The disease is highly contagious and causes uncontrollable, violent coughing fits, which can make breathing difficult. It can result in death.

Mena said the changes in immunization requirements have caused her pediatric clinic to be so busy that they have been open on Saturdays trying to accommodate all the people wanting to get their children immunized before school starts.

“It’s the most important thing you can do to protect your child, I think,” she said.

Another new requirement is a meningococcal shot for seventh graders. Students also receive a booster shot of this vaccine when they turn 16.

“A lot of these things we vaccinate against can lead to death, and meningitis is one that can lead to brain damage and brain death and death,” Meena said. “They’ve been able to develop better immunizations and are able to protect kids against more things than they were before. Hepatitis A is relatively new, and the meningitis is as well.”

Students in kindergarten through grade 12 are required to have two varicella shots, according to the department of health. Varicella is also known as chickenpox.

Parents should remember to bring their child’s shot records, especially if they are going to a different clinic, so they are sure to get the correct shots. The most common side effects of immunizations are a slight fever and pain or swelling at the injection site.

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ctce
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ctce 08/16/14 - 06:19 pm
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this is false!!!!!!!

Immunizations are NOT required! They are NOT required!!!! People need to do their homework when it comes to protecting your kids health!!! Don't let people lie to you and say you need to immunize....or vaccinate! They use the fancy word immunize to keep you off the vaccine topic!!!! Let me repeat again! Vaccines are NOT mandatory, required, must haves or whatever they may say. Please do your homework and read the real truths of vacinnes!

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lachowsj 08/16/14 - 09:28 pm
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Oh, puh-lese!

Immunizations are not a Communist plot. Immunizations do not cause mental retardation or autism. Immunizations do not make children sexually promiscuous. Stop listening to Michelle Bachmann and her ilk and start thinking about your own children and others in the community.

And, yes, immunizations are required aside from the following two exceptions:
1) the parent has a religious or philosophical objection "on the grounds that such immunization conflicts with the religious tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination of which said parent or guardian is an adherent or member", or
2) "A physician statement outlining medical reasons for an exemption of a specific immunization is to be submitted to the Medical Director of the Communicable Disease/Immunization Section with the exemption form." Such an exemption requires the signature of the physician and the seal of a Notary Public. "The Medical Director will decide whether to grant the medical exemption based on the CDC guidelines."
http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/infectiousDisease/Immun...

ctce
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ctce 08/17/14 - 08:00 am
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Like I said do your homework.

Like I said do your homework. Just for the fun of it. Ask the doctor that gives the shot what are the ingredients. I bet you they don't know. So ask them then for the insert that comes with the shot(it comes with every one). I guarantee you that they will refuse to get it. Oh by the way, by this time after two questions they will already be [filtered word] at you for asking. Why should they be? Would you eat something without know what's in it? Have you never asked someone how they made that food you got sick from? Or the food you just loved? Why not ask a doctor what your injecting into your precious children or even yourself? If something happens to you...how will you raise your children? By the way, I have read many many doctor and research journals and have followed it for a long time.

People just shouldn't be blind and not know. If I was a mechanic and told you that running your gasoline engine on diesel would be OK. Would you listen just because I'm the doctor of your vehicle?

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conwaygerl 08/18/14 - 06:52 am
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My Homework

Question one...

Which medical school did you go too?

Question two...

What ingredients are you concerned about?

Question three..

What journals are you reading? Please send links to educate us..

c'mon man
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c'mon man 08/18/14 - 09:27 am
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Diesel?

"If I was a mechanic and told you that running your gasoline engine on diesel would be OK. Would you listen just because I'm the doctor of your vehicle?"

No, I wouldn't listen to you just because you are the doctor of my vehicle. But, if literally everyone I've ever known has been running their cars on diesel forever with no issues whatsoever, I would probably go ahead and put diesel in my car.

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Igor Rabinowitz 08/18/14 - 12:17 pm
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And

If running my car on diesel kept other kids' cars from not running, I would further continue the use of diesel.

If the only reason to not use diesel was at best questionable science where correlation is used as causation, this, too, would indicate the continued need for diesel.

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ConwayFan 08/18/14 - 03:10 pm
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Hello???

To Igor (Beau), C'mon man, Conwaygerl, and lachowsj....

I thought you knew of this??? Do you not read and believe everything you hear???

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 08/18/14 - 04:44 pm
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I believe this

We concur with ctce. Vaccines do not work.

Sincerely,
Polio and Smallpox.

ctce
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ctce 08/18/14 - 06:25 pm
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wow

Igor? So if the government said to hand in your guns. Stop waisting water. Stop poluting. Give over half your paycheck to them. Leave your door unlocked because they will protect you. Would you do it? What of they said stop driving for one week because were trying to save on oil. You have to walk everywhere you go. Would you do it? If they said at 8o'clock every night you must go out in the middle of the road and jump like a frog. It will bring you good luck. Would you do it? If they said eat as much iodized table salt as you want. Your heart will get better. Would you do it?

Then why listen to the government now? What if there we're people that actually lined the streets doing this stuff. Would you do all of it? Would you even think why? Or no that's dumb. Or that's not good for me. Then why when it comes to your children's health you wont do then right thing and see what's actually being injected into your child? What if they were to get hospitalized or even die from the vacinnes? Are you not concerned about even maybe your neighbor child? What if? Just what if?

There is so much out there about the negatives of vaccines. If you insist I can dig up as much as you would like. I could probably even find my little sisters death record from when she passed away just a couple days after receiving the chicken pox vaccine. October 1990-august 1997. Just two weeks before school started. She would have been in kindergarten.

Please do YOUR homework. People can't live your life or even save your children's life for you. In know the government doesn't care one bit. But I do.

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ctce 08/18/14 - 06:33 pm
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C'mon man

"But, if literally everyone I've ever known has been running their cars on diesel forever with no issues whatsoever,"

There are people out there that are having issues or have had issues or died from the issues and you just don't hear from them because they are dead.

Did you know the government made it so you can not sue the vaccine companies. Did you know that people have fought in other courts and have been awarded compensation for vaccine injuries?

Please do YOUR homework. It may not be your fault that you didn't know. So why be so offensive? Now you know there are issues related to vaccines. Go look for yourself.

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