Fight the Flu in Arkansas

  • Dear Parent,

     

    It is very important that you read this letter and follow through with the steps required so that your child can be protected from the flu.

     

    This year, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health, school districts are holding flu immunization clinics in school sto provide flu vaccines for students.

     

    For your child to receive the flu vaccine, you must:

     

    1. Read the Vaccine Information Statement* for the vaccine.
    2. Read and complete the front and back of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) consent form.
    3. Print clearly all information required on the ADH consent form.
    4. Make sure you have the signed ADH consent form for the flu vaccine.
    5. Sign the school district (FERPA) consent form (you may have signed this form at the beginning of the school year when your child was registered for school).
    6. Return both consent forms to your child's school as quickly as possible.

     

    This is a great opportunity for children to receive this vaccine with no charge to you. If you have insurance, ADH will ask your insurance company to pay for the cost of giving the vaccine. If you do not have insurance or your insurance does not pay for vaccines, there will still be no charge to you.

     

    Remember, only those students with the required completed paperwork (the signed ADH consent AND the school district FERPA consent) will be allowed to receive the flu vaccine.

     

    If you should have any questions or concerns about the vaccines or the ADH consent form, please contact your local health unit.

     

    Thank you.


  • Vaccine Information Statements

     

    A Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) is a document, produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that informs vaccine recipients — or their parents or legal representatives — about the benefits and risks of a vaccine they are receiving.

     

    • To view the VIS for the Live, Intranasal Influenza Vaccine (nasal spray), click here.

    • To view the VIS for the Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (shot), click here.

     

    For a paper copy of either the nasal spray or the shot VIS, you can go to your nearest Arkansas Department of Health Local Health Unit and receive a copy. Please call 1-800-462-0599 to find out the closest health unit to you.

     

    Copies of the flu VIS will also be available at the school the day of the flu clinic.

     

    For more information, contact the Arkansas Department of Health's Immunization Section at 1-800-574-4040.

     

    Thank you.