Immunizations - Frequently Asked Questions 

FAQs: Shot Record Request International Travel | Possible Exposure |Flu Shots | Adverse Reaction Exemptions | College, School, Daycare Requirements

 Q:  Do I need an appointment at my ADH local health department to get my child their required vaccinations?

Answer:  Yes, please call your local health department to schedule an appointment for vaccinations. 

Q:  How do I get a copy of my shot record, the shot record of my child or a child under my guardianship?

Answer:  E-mail us to request the Shot Record Release Form.  You may also call to request the release form be faxed or mailed.
Note:  The person requesting shot record must be a responsible party on record.

Q: Where do I get information on vaccine needed for international travel?

Answer: The Arkansas Department of Health does not provide immunizations for travelers.  Please refer to the list of International Travel Physicians for providers below.

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International Travel Physicians

Q: Who is contacted when possible exposure to a communicable disease occurs?

Answer: Contact your local health department.

Q: When are flu shots needed and where do I get them?

Answer: Flu shots are recommended to be given beginning October 15 and are available in local health departments and many physician's offices each year.

Q: How do I report a possible adverse event after receiving an immunization?

Answer: Patients should contact the clinic or provider who gave the immunization.

Exemptions

Q: How do I get a medical exemption for my child to not get an immunization?

Answer: 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.

E-mail us to request the exemption form.

PLEASE NOTE: The form requires a signature and seal of a Notary Public.

Complete and mail to:
Arkansas Department of Health,
4815 West Markham - Mailslot 48
Little Rock, AR 72205.

The Medical Director will decide whether to grant the medical exemption based on the CDC guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete forms will be returned for completion. A new exemption form must be completed every school year.

Q: How do I get a religious or philosophical exemption for my child to not get any immunizations?

Answer: Religious exemptions can be granted for children "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" in accordance with Arkansas Statute.

E-mail us to request the exemption form.

PLEASE NOTE: The form requires a signature and seal of a Notary Public.

Complete and mail to:
Arkansas Department of Health
4815 West Markham - Mailslot 48
Little Rock, AR 72205.

PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete forms will be returned for completion. A new Exemption Form Must Be Completed Every School Year.

Q: Is there a medical exemption for healthcare workers?

Answer: There is a medical exemption for nursing home employees for flu vaccination. 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.

E-mail us to request the exemption form.

PLEASE NOTE: The form requires a signature and seal of a Notary Public.

Q: What are the immunization requirements for colleges, schools and daycare?

Please see Rules and Regulations for Immunization Requirements