Immunization Information for Parents and the Public

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination

Immunizing children against HPV helps give them lifelong protection against cancers caused by human papillomavirus infection. HPV is an extremely common virus, affecting about 1 in 4 people in the United States. The cancers associated with HPV are largely preventable with vaccination. The HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys at 11-12 years of age, so that they are protected before potential exposure to the virus.

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Getting Immunization Records

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

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School & Child-Care Facility Requirements

Maintaining adequate immunization rates in schools is critical to preventing disease outbreaks and ensuring the health of Texas children. Learn more about the immunization requirements for public & private K-12 schools as well as for child-care facilities.

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Low-Cost Vaccines for Eligible Children

Your child may be eligible for low-cost vaccines through the Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) program. TVFC is a state-operated program funded with federal and state money to provide low-cost vaccines to eligible children from birth through 18 years of age.

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Low-Cost Vaccines for Uninsured Adults

Anyone who is 19 years of age or older and does not have health insurance is eligible to receive low-cost vaccines under the Adult Safety Net program. Visit our Adult Safety Net website to learn more about the program and locate a provider in your area.

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Recommended Immunization Schedules

Get the best protection for your child. Make sure your child is immunized on schedule for optimal protection against illness and disease. If you've fallen behind on immunizations, our catch-up schedules can help get you back on track. Adult immunization schedules are also provided.

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Flu Vaccine Information

Learn where to get a flu shot, how to prevent getting the flu, and information on the vaccine. Our flu season webpage also features resources for expecting mothers, frequent questions and answers about the flu, and helpful links to external resources.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

For other questions that aren't answered here, please see our FAQs for parents page, which addresses several immunization-related questions having to do with shot records, low-cost vaccinations, travel vaccinations, determining which vaccines your child needs, and more.

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Contact Us

Still not able to find the answer to your question? The friendly and helpful Immunization Unit staff is on hand Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm to answer any immunization related questions that you may possibly have. We can be reached by telephone or email.

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Last updated February 6, 2017