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
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
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 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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