It is almost time for school to be back in session. Students may need immunizations or a copy of their birth certificate, both of which the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) can provide.

Immunizations

Immunizations are required to help protect Arkansas students from vaccine-preventable diseases. If a student has not yet received the proper immunization, he or she will be able to receive it at his or her local health unit. Please call your local health unit to schedule an appointment or ask about the next vaccination clinic.

If a student needs an immunization record, the ADH can provide that as well. Our shot record request form can be found online at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/pdf/Shot_Record_Release1.pdf. A parent or guardian may also request their child’s record by emailing immunization.section@arkansas.gov or calling 501-661-2169.

For more information regarding immunization for school children, go to: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/immunizations

Birth Certificates

There are a variety of ways to obtain a birth certificate through the ADH. You can request a record in person at a Local Health Unit or the Little Rock office for same-day pick up in most cases. You can also order a record through ADH’s website; mail a form available online or at your local health unit; or call 866-209-9482.

All Local Health Units are able to provide birth and death certificates. You can also come to the Arkansas Department of Health’s vital records office at 4815 West Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205. Birth certificates may be ordered by the parents as listed on the certificate, maternal grandparents, legal guardian or the individual named on the birth certificate if he or she is 16 or older.

A valid photo identification card must be provided to obtain a birth certificate. This ID must contain a photo, current address, signature, and a unique number or barcode assigned to the person. This could include a driver’s license or ID card, a passport, a visa and more. The first copy costs $12 and each additional copy costs $10.

For more information about birth certificates, including a link to the birth certificate application, go to: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/order-birth-records.

The ADH wishes all students and families a happy and healthy start to a new school year.

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