State Immunization Requirements

In accordance with Arkansas State Law Act 141 of 1987, and revised Arkansas Department of Health Immunization Rules and Regulations revised 2014, all full-time students and those part-time residing on campus are REQUIRED to provide legal proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), to the Health and Wellness Center.
To prove immunity, students must provide documentation of TWO (2) MMRs from an official immunization record from another educational institution in Arkansas, a licensed medical doctor, an authorized public health representative, or a military record. All records must include your name and date of birth.  For detailed information about immunization regulations, please refer to the Arkansas Department of Health.

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 (medical, religious, or philosophical exemption) from the Arkansas Department of Health. Exemptions from the Arkansas Department of Health must be completed annually. Documentation verifying approval or an application in process should be sent from the Arkansas Department of Health.

 

3 Options for Meeting New Student Immunization Requirements 


First option: 2 doses of MMR vaccine

Obtain copies of your immunization records (see acceptable sources below) and submit. Students should retain original documents. Copies of immunization records will be destroyed after entry into the university database.
Acceptable records of your immunizations may be obtained from any of the following:
• Copies of your personal immunization records; must include your name and date of birth.
• Copies of physician office records.
• Copies of Health Department immunization records.
• Copies of military records.
• Copies of high school or previous college immunization records.
(Note: These documents must contain your name, date of birth, and source of record).


Second Option: Exemption
1. Medical/Philosophical/Religious Exemptions: Only the Arkansas Department of Health can provide these exemptions. The Department of Health can be contacted by calling (501)661-2169. Exemptions from the Arkansas Department of Health must be completed annually.



Third Option: Titer (Blood Test) Results
Blood test results proving immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella is acceptable. Only the Arkansas Department of Health can approve titer tests in lieu of receiving the vaccine required. The Department of Health can be contacted by calling (501)661-2169.

 

 

Submission Instructions

Send immunization documents directly to the Office of Admissions per the information below:

Arkansas Tech University
Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment
1605 Coliseum Drive, Suite 141
Russellville, AR 72801-2222

Immunization documents may also be faxed to the Office of Admissions:
Fax 479-964-0522
 

Recommended Immunizations

The following are immunizations for incoming college students as RECOMMENDED by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA). These are NOT REQUIRED. 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.

Vaccine                                                                  Recommendation
Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis (TDAP)                   Booster every 10 years
MMR                                                                        Two doses for lifetime immunity
Hepatitis A Vaccine                                               Two doses for lifetime immunity
Hepatitis B Vaccine                                               Three doses for a lifetime immunity
Influenza Vaccine                                                   Offered yearly
Menveo (Meningitis Vaccine)                               Protects against 4 of the 5 strains of
                                                                                 Bacterial Meningitis; one dose for                                                                                              immunity


To receive a copy of your Immunization Record, call (479) 968-0329 or copy the release of information and fax to (479) 967-6610.

If you have any questions, please call the Arkansas Tech University Health and Wellness Center at 479-968-0329.
 

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