Immunization Program Manager
112 Joe Carper
Uvalde, Texas 78801
7430 Louis Pasteur Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229
The purpose of the Immunization Program is to:
prevent and control vaccine-preventable diseases
provide and administer vaccines
promote age-appropriate vaccination of all Texans
conduct disease surveillance activities; assess vaccine coverage levels
and establish partnerships and collaborations with public and private participants who share the common vision of community well-being to improve the quality and longevity of the people in Health Service Region 8
Recruiting and retaining providers for the Texas Vaccines for Children Program (TVFC)
The TVFC Program provides vaccines at no cost to providers so they can provide it to eligible children at little or no cost. Providers include licensed Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. HSR 8 Immunization staff work to recruit non-traditional providers to include school districts, emergency medical technicians and pharmacists. Eligible children include: uninsured or underinsured children, children who are covered by CHIP, Native American or Alaskan Native children and children on Medicaid.
For more information on the TVFC Program or to enroll as a provider, please contact Cindy Martinez at 1-800-41-SHOTS.
Promoting Age-appropriate Vaccinations for Children, Adolescents and Adults
Promoting the effective use of the statewide immunization registry, ImmTrac
ImmTrac is designed to consolidate immunization records from multiple sources throughout the State, and offers many benefits to health care providers and their young patients. HSR 8 Immunization staff provide assistance for enrolling in ImmTrac, education and training on use of the registry or assisting in locating a shot record. For more information on ImmTrac, please contact Jessica Everett at 210-949-2021.
Determining the vaccine coverage levels in Health Service Region 8
HSR 8 Immunization Program determines the vaccine coverage levels in HSR 8 by conducting population assessments in childcare facilities, public and private schools and in counties using the Texas Country Retrospective Immunization School Survey (TCRISS). For county-specific coverage levels visit: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/coverage/region8.shtm
Providing immunization education to the public and medical providers
HSR 8 Immunization Program provides education and educational materials to the public on the importance of vaccines, vaccine-preventable diseases and promotes vaccines and immunizations during National Infant Immunization Week in April and Adult Immunization Week in November.
Health Service Region 8 Immunization Program provides education and training to providers on immunization recommendations and requirements, vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases and surveillance, vaccine storage and handling, vaccine inventory reporting, Texas Vaccines For Children program requirements, ImmTrac, recall/reminder systems and minimum state vaccine requirements for children and students as well as information on CDC immunization trainings and conferences.
For free immunization educational materials and literature visit https://secure.immunizetexasorderform.com/default.asp.
Collaborating and partnering with others to improve vaccine coverage levels and promote immunizations
HSR8 Immunization Program works with community and civic groups, schools, faith-based organizations and other agencies to promote immunizations and provide immunization information and education to these groups and the public.
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