Immunization Coverage Levels

The DSHS Immunization Unit monitors vaccination coverage levels across the state of Texas. Coverage levels are derived from national data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and statewide surveys conducted in schools and child-care facilities. Please use the navigation menu on the left side of this page to see the latest results from various surveys, described below.


Immunization Surveys


National Immunization Survey (NIS)

The NIS is a national survey conducted annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess immunization levels among pre-school children 19 through 35 months old. The NIS is the only population-based survey to provide national, state, local area, and territorial estimates of vaccination coverage among children aged 19-35 months in the United States. The NIS-Teen is a national survey conducted annually by the CDC to assess immunization levels for adolescents 13-17 years of age.

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School Coverage

The School Coverage webpage includes data from the DSHS Annual Report of Immunization Status. All public school districts and accredited private schools in Texas are required to complete the Annual Report of Immunization status each year. The annual report provides immunization coverage levels for required vaccines among students in Kindergarten and in 7th grade, as reported by the school/district. It also captures data on the number of conscientious and medical exemptions that are filed. It is important to note that children being home schooled or attending non-accredited private schools are not included in this report.

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Conscientious Exemptions

In accordance with Texas Administrative Code §97.62, Texas law allows for an exemption from immunizations for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. To claim an exemption due to reasons of conscience, a student's parent or legal guardian must request, sign, and submit an official DSHS affidavit form to the child's school. The affidavit is valid for two years. This webpage contains data on the percentage of K-12 students by school district/accredited private school and by county that have an exemption on file with their school.

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Validation Survey

This survey is conducted annually to validate the results of the DSHS Annual Report of Immunization Status in Texas Schools. A random sample of public and private schools is selected for the survey each year. Local health department and DSHS staff review a random sample of immunization records from each selected school. Statewide vaccination coverage levels are available for Kindergarten and 7th grade students attending public and private schools in Texas.

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Contact Information

Email: Imm.Epi@dshs.texas.gov
Phone: (800) 252-9152
Fax: (512) 776-7544

Last updated November 1, 2018