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    Immunization Branch
    Central Office
    1100 West 49th Street
    Austin, Texas 78756

    Phone: (800) 252-9152
    Fax: (512) 776-7288

    TVFC Provider Enrollment Fax: (512) 776-7743

Immunization Unit


Texas Influenza Awareness Day: October 1, 2016

October 1st is Texas Influenza Awareness Day and the Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization Unit is excited to promote the protection that the flu vaccine provides! On our flu website you can find the Flu Vaccine Finder that will help you and your community find local clinics to get the flu vaccine, and you can find resources from DSHS and the CDC on flu vaccine promotion. Now that flu season has started, let’s fight the flu with techniques like covering our sneezes, washing our hands, and getting our flu shots! Check out more at TexasFlu.org.


CDC Pink Book Training: October 25-26, 2016

Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark / Austin, Texas

The Texas Pink Book training is coming up soon! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases will present a live, two-day comprehensive review of immunization principles, as well as vaccine-preventable diseases and the recommended vaccines to prevent them. The training will be at the Omni Hotel at Southpark in Austin, Texas, from Tuesday, October 25th, through Wednesday, October 26th. The course is designed for anyone seeking the most comprehensive and current knowledge of immunization, including physicians, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, immunization providers, program managers, and nursing and medical students.

For information on the location, agenda, CE credits available, and hotel booking information please visit the event’s website at TexasEpiVac.com.


Back-to-School Information

August is back-to-school month, and DSHS regularly receives questions relating to this topic. Below are some informational resources to answer some of the most common requests.

Requesting Immunization Records

Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students

Exemptions to Immunization Requirements

  • See the Exemption Information page for information on obtaining exemptions for medical reasons, armed forces service members, or reasons of consciousness.

2016 Perinatal Hepatitis B Summit

The DSHS Immunization Unit hosted the 2016 Texas Perinatal Hepatitis B Summit from July 19-20, 2016, in Austin, Texas. The Summit featured national and state experts presenting on a variety of hepatitis B topics, including recommend strategies to improve immunization rates. Speaker presentations are available at the 2016 Perinatal Hepatitis B Summit webpage.


Pentacel® Vaccine Delay

The Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) Program was notified on November 30, 2015, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding a temporary manufacturing delay of Sanofi Pastuer's Pentacel® vaccine (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Adsorbed, Inactivated Poliovirus and Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine). The vaccine delay will result in immediate vaccine allocation of this project to all VFC programs nationwide. The vaccine delay is anticipated to last through the summer of 2016.

In order to ensure that all TVFC providers have access to this vaccine over the next few months, TVFC provider Maximum Stock Levels (MSLs) for Pentacel® will be reduced immediately. However, further vaccine allocation reductions could be implemented based on manufacture and CDC guidance.

Options to reduce the use of Pentacel® include the use of single vaccines for some populations and the use of alternative combination vaccines. Providers should continue to follow the recommended immunization schedule and ensure that patients receive all recommended doses of DTaP, Hib, and polio vaccines.

For additional information, please see the following documents:


Measles Information

Measles Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Measles Overview for School Nurses


Infant Immunizations

To learn more about how you can protect babies with vaccinations, visit one of our infant immunizations pages:

Infants Providers-InfantVaccines

Proteja a sus bebés. Cada vacuna cuenta. Información en Español


Adolescent Immunization Information

To learn more about adolescent immunizations, see our Preteen Vaccines page.

PreteenVacBanner

Vacunas para los preadolescentes– información en español

Health-care providers:

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Programs

ImmTrac ImmTrac - Texas
Immunization Registry
Texas Vaccines for Children Texas Vaccines
for Children
Adolescent & Adult Immunizations
Adolescent and Adult
Immunizations
Texas Vaccine Education
Texas Vaccine
Education Online
ASN
Adult
Safety Net

Informational Microsites

CollegeVaccineRequirements
CollegeVaccineRequirements.com - Your source for information on MCV4 vaccine requirements

Protect babies. Get vaccinated.
PreventPertussis.org
protect2
Protect2.org
Vaccines aren't just for kids
VaccinesforEveryone.net
immtrac
ImmTracforEveryone.com

Pertussis (whooping cough) prevention through vaccine coccooning

Flu vaccines for pregnant women

Importance of vaccines at any age; types of vaccines adults need; vaccine safety

Benefits of using ImmTrac to track vaccines; how to register with ImmTrac


Resources:


10 Steps to Starting a Vaccination Clinic


Vaccine Services:


Last updated September 19, 2016