Texas School & Child-Care Facility Immunization Requirements

Texas school and child-care facility immunization requirements are determined by the state legislature and set by the Texas Department of State Health Services, in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency.

Maintaining adequate immunization rates in schools is critical to preventing disease outbreaks and ensuring the health of Texas children.


Contact Information

Phone: (800) 252-9152
Fax: (512) 776-7544

See the school compliance contact page for additional contact information.


Important News and Updates

 

Immunization Requirements for Students Displaced by Hurricane Harvey
A letter with information on how immunization requirements should be handled for students displaced by Hurricane Harvey, as well as resources available for some of those students is now available.


2017-2018 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades K-12

The 2017-2018 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades K-12 are now available. 


2017-2018 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities

The 2017-2018 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities are now available.


Update to the Conscientious Exemption Affidavit Form

The conscientious exemption affidavit form has been revised. Revisions include: the new DSHS logo in the upper left corner, formatting changes for easier completion and reading, and a new revision date of 2/2017.  Affidavits previously issued on the old forms can still be used under the existing rules: the form must be submitted to the facility within 90 days of notarization and will be valid for two years from the date of notarization. The conscientious exemption request process remains the same.  For additional information, please contact the Immunization Unit at 1-800-252-9152.


Influenza (Flu) Information for Child-Care Facilities

Each year, the Immunization Unit distributes influenza (flu) information to child-care facilities statewide. Electronic versions of the latest resources can be found on the Forms and Publications page.


2016-2017 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades K-12

The 2016-2017 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades K-12 are now available. NOTE: The requirement chart reflects revisions made to 25 TAC §§97.61-97.72. These revisions take effect on July 28, 2016.


2016-2017 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities

The 2016-2017 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities are now available.


Flu Vaccination Information Required on Public School Websites

In 2007, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill No. 1059, also known as the Emily Lastinger Act, which requires all public school districts to post immunization information prominently on the school district's website, if the district has one.

Read more in the Influenza Letter to Schools, February 2016 (PDF)

Last updated October 16, 2017