Immunization Unit

The goals of the DSHS Immunization Unit are to eliminate the spread of vaccine preventable diseases by increasing vaccine coverage for Texans, raise awareness of the diseases that vaccines prevent, and educate the public about vaccine safety. We do this through administration of the Texas immunization registry (ImmTrac), which provides access to immunization records, establishment of school immunization rules, and administration of the Texas Vaccines for Children and Adult Safety Net programs, which provide low-cost vaccines to eligible children and adults.

School & Child-Care Immunization Requirements

Learn about which vaccines students are required to have in order to attend schools, colleges, and universities in Texas.Continue Reading

Request Immunization Records
from the ImmTrac2 Immunization Registry

If you need proof of immunization for a child or adult, start here for an explanation of how to obtain your records from ImmTrac2. Since 2005, Texas law has required that all healthcare providers report to the Texas Immunization Registry all vaccines administered to children younger than 18 years of age. Continue Reading

Recommended Immunization Schedules

Learn about which vaccines students are required to have in order to attend schools, colleges, and universities in Texas.Continue Reading

Low-Cost Immunizations for Children

Texas Vaccines for Children provides vaccines to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay.Continue Reading

Vaccine Information Statment (VIS) Downloads

VIS are informational documents produced by the CDC that explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine to vaccine recipients.Continue Reading

Program News and Updates

National Infant Immunization Week

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National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance, from April 22-29, 2017, to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting health communities.  For more information about the annual observance, please visit our NIIW webpage.


ACIP Recommends Against Use of Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (FluMist Quadrivalent Vaccine)

November 30, 2016

On August 26, 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the annual recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on the prevention and control of influenza with vaccines. As per the updated recommendations, Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV) is not recommended for use in the 2016-17 influenza season. This was due to the demonstrated low effectiveness against influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 in the United States during the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons. Continue Reading

Pentacel® Vaccine Delay

December 1, 2015

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:

Informational Microsites

CollegeVaccineRequirements - 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

Last updated April 5, 2017