In order to receive education in Arkansas, students are required to be vaccinated against certain infectious diseases, unless they meet the exemption criteria set by state health organizations.
Cindy Mitchell, Fort Smith Public Schools leads the nurse, wrote today (Wednesday) by e-mail to the Times Record that the county is following Arkansas state health regulations on vaccination policy.
Children on campuses in the district are required to receive measles, mumps and rubella vaccines (MMR); Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP); DTP booster, Tdap; polio; Hepatitis A and B; And Rikla; And maningococcal. In addition, students are required to receive pneumococcal and haemorrhagic vaccines (type B influenza).
Mitchell said that families are allowed to apply for immunity exemptions through the state health ministry for medical, religious or philosophical reasons. These will be given only if specific criteria are met, and students who receive exemptions will be excluded from school if there is an outbreak of vaccine-preventable disease.
The province has 135 students with at least one immunization exemption.
"The exclusion occurs at the order of the Arkansas Department of Health and is specific to the outbreak of the disease as to how much time is not included in the school," Mitchell said. "This will occur to limit further transfer to non-vaccinated students, thereby limiting the spread of the disease."
Mitchell said that the state sets standards for vaccines and the district simply enforces the requirement. According to her, the right vaccinations are protected against disease for many years, but parents should talk to the child's doctor about the subject.
"We encourage parents to vaccinate when asked but to respect their choice is to make," said Mitchell.
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Full-time students and those living on campus at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith are also required to provide proof that they received the MMR vaccine, are immune, received state exemption or birth before 1957 before they can be accepted.
Letters from the US Department of Health that grant immunity and immunity to an official state or federal identification to students born prior to January 1, 1957, must be presented to the UAFS registry office to waive the vaccination requirements. The possession will be transferred to the student record until the appropriate documents are received.
There is also a risk of meningococcal disease among those who "live nearby," according to an email from UAFS Communications Director Rachel Potman. The university recommends that all students living on campus receive the vaccine.
The Arkansas Colleges of Education for Health and Vaccination Policy at Arkansas College for osteopathy are somewhat different because of the differences in the interaction between medical students and those studying for a master's degree in the medical field, says Arkum Dean Rance MacLaine.
ARCOM, however, requires MMR, inflammation, hepatitis B, Tdap and polio vaccines.
McClane said requests for immunity exemptions would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. However, Arcom shares a similar policy with the organizations that supervise medical education in Israel and the local hospitals and clinics where the students serve during their school stay.
"If we were to allow the student to give up the vaccine, we can not promise them the hospital they are supposed to rotate with will allow them to participate," McClane wrote in an e-mail to the Times Record.
The college follows standard medical education by teaching the development process of vaccines and effectiveness, McClane said. It draws its messages from large population research and clinical trials.
For those who may be concerned that chemicals such as formaldehyde be present in vaccines, McClane said he tells people that research shows no evidence of damage to these compounds due to small amounts present.
McClane does not want people to just take his word.
"I encourage everyone to do their research and base their personal decisions on evidence provided by reputable organizations and supported by clinical research," McClane said.