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Now Is the Time for Immunizations

Vaccines are the safest way to protect you, your children and your community from a long list of serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. The Arkansas Department of Health provides vaccines at local health units located in each county and through many non-health department facilities across the state. Immunization doesn’t just protect the person getting the shot; it protects the entire community. By getting shots on time, you can protect your child and yourself from disease and protect others at home, daycare, school or work.

Click here to print out an immunization schedule.

Click here to find your local health unit.

Folic Acid for a Healthy Baby

Ultra Sound ImageMost people have heard about the importance of folic acid for women during their childbearing years. But what's all the fuss about?

Getting enough folic acid can reduce the risk for neural tube defects (NTDs) and also may reduce the risk for other serious birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. Folic acid ONLY helps if it's taken before getting pregnant and during the first few weeks of pregnancy.

Click here to learn more

Asthma Quiz

Asthma InhalerChildren are more likely than adults to have asthma. In fact, asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Find out more about this condition by taking the quiz.

Click here to take the quiz

Child Care Checklist

Child CareThere's a lot to remember when you’re interviewing child care providers. The Child Care Checklist can help.

This handy checklist includes questions you will want to ask yourself as well as the facility director and teachers at each site to help you make the choice that's right for you and your family.

Click here to view the checklist (PDF)


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