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    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

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, 2016 National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), occurring every August, is a time to reflect on the many successes of vaccines, and the many challenges presented by vaccine-preventable diseases. On our NIAM website, we have a number of resources that you, your loved ones, and your patients can use to fully understand the protection provided by recommended vaccines.

Learn More about NIAM 2016 

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.

HPV Strategic Plan

Senate Bill 200, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, charged the Health and Human Services Commission with developing a strategic plan to significantly reduce morbidity and mortality from human papillomavirus (HPV) associated cancer.

On June 3, 2016 Texas DSHS and HHSC conducted a public hearing to present the HPV strategic plan to stakeholders and the public, answer questions from those in attendance and collect public comments regarding HPV prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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.


Vacunas para los preadolescentes– información en español

Health-care providers:



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

Informational Microsites

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

Protect babies. Get vaccinated.
Vaccines aren't just for kids

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


10 Steps to Starting a Vaccination Clinic  

Vaccine Services:

Last updated August 25, 2016