Immunization RequirementsThe Texas State Department of Health requires that all children entering Texas elementary or secondary schools of higher education must have been immunized against communicable diseases: Diphtheria/Tetanus/Attenuated Pertussis (DTaP/TdaP), Poliomyelitis, Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR), Haemophilus Influenzae (HIB), Pneumococcus (PCV), Meningitis (MCV), Varicella, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B.Hepatitis AStudents in grades Pk - 8th are required to have 2 Hep A vaccines.7th Grade Immunization RequirementsTetanus booster (1 dose of Tdap is required if at least 5 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine.)1 Meningitis Vaccine (on or after 11th birthday; If a student received the vaccine at 10 years of age, this will satisfy the requirement.)SENIORS*** College Students - As of January 1, 2014, all entering students at an institution of higher education are required to show proof of an initial meningococcal vaccination or a booster dose during the five-year period prior to enrolling [SB 62, 83rd (R) Texas Legislature. Please see the school nurse for more information. ***
Immunization Enrollment PolicyAt time of registration, state law requires that a student present evidence of current immunization or of being in active pursuit of adequate immunization.Since many types of personal immunization records are in use, any document will be acceptable provided a physician or public health personnel has validated it. The month, day, and year that the vaccination was received must be recorded on all school immunization records created or updated after September 1, 1991.
Review of Immunization Status
- Immunization records generated from electronic health record systems must include clinic contact information and the provider's signature/stamp.
- An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority is acceptable.
- An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state, is acceptable.
The school nurse will review the immunization status of each student to ensure his/her compliance with Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization requirements. If it is determined that a student is delinquent, a 30 day notice will be sent home. If after the 30 days the student remains non-compliant with his/her immunizations, the student will be excluded from school, with the possibility of being withdrawn. Students whose absences exceed 3 days of suspension will be referred to the attendance specialist. (See also Compulsory Attendance)
Immunization ExemptionTexas law allows (a) physicians to write medical exemption statements that the vaccine(s) required would be medically harmful or injurious to the health and well-being of the child or household member, and (b) parents/guardians to choose an exemption from immunization requirements for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. The law does not allow parents/guardians to elect an exemption simply because of inconvenience (for example, a record is lost or incomplete and it is too much trouble to go to a physician or clinic to correct the problem). Schools should maintain an up-to-date list of students with exemptions, so they may be excluded in times of emergency or epidemic declared by the commissioner of public health.Instructions for requesting the official exemption affidavit that must be signed by parents/guardians choosing the exemption for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, can be found on the Exemption Information page of this website. Original Exemption Affidavit must be completed and submitted to the school.For children claiming medical exemptions, a written statement by the physician must be submitted to the school. Unless it is written in the statement that a lifelong condition exists, the exemption statement is valid for only one year from the date signed by the physician.