ADE Director's Communication Memo Form


Memo Number : SI-00-044

Date Created : 10/14/1999

Attention:

Superintendents
Co-op Directors

Type of Memo: Administrative
Response Required: Yes
   
Section:   Central Administration - Dr. Woodrow Cummins
Subject:
Immunization Survey

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Erma Breedlove

Phone Number:
501-661-2438

E-mail:

It is time for the annual school immunization survey conducted by the Division of CD/Immunization at the Arkansas Department of Health. This survey requests immunization record data on those children in your district that are attending kindergarten or first grade (whichever is the entering grade), seventh graders, and transfer students (students not in your district last year).

The Arkansas Immunization Law is essential to assure that students are protected from serious, sometimes fatal, communicable diseases. The surveys help the Arkansas Department of Health determine geographical areas where potential outbreaks may occur, provide local immunization data in case of an outbreak of a disease, and identify information showing where they can provide technical assistance to those schools that do not have 95 percent of their students in compliance with the law.

In addition to the survey, on-site audits of immunization records will be conducted in approximately 10 percent of the schools surveyed. These audits will check the data from the survey forms submitted by the schools. Letters will be sent to those schools to be audited. A representative will contact each school and set a convenient time to conduct the audit. This audit will take a few hours and is not intended to disrupt your normal school activities.

If any of your schools are unable to open the attachment file, please notify the Division of CD/Immunization at 501-661-2438 to have copies mailed to you. Ask for Erma Breedlove.

We appreciate your cooperation in this very important request for information in our effort to protect the children of Arkansas.

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