August is National Immunization Awareness Month
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
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 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
Measles Overview for School Nurses
To learn more about how you can protect babies with vaccinations, visit one of our infant immunizations pages:
Proteja a sus bebés. Cada vacuna cuenta. –
Información en Español
Adolescent Immunization Information
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