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.
Phone: (800) 252-9152
Fax: (512) 776-7544
See the school compliance contact page for additional contact information.
Important News and Updates
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)