Immunization Recommendations During a Declared State of Disaster

During the 87th Legislative Session (2021), the legislature passed Senate Bill 239, which requires the Texas Department of State Health Services to make available educational materials about immunization recommendations during a declared state of disaster or a local state of disaster. These resources are available for local health authorities to distribute to:

  • Public and private schools
  • Childcare facilities
  • Community centers offering youth services and programs
  • Community centers offering services and programs to vulnerable populations
  • Local healthcare providers 
  • Veteran homes

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Recommended Immunization Schedule During a Disaster

Immunization Recommendations for Disaster Responders
CDC Immunization Recommendations for First Responders after a natural disaster

Interim Immunization Recommendations for Individuals Displaced by a Disaster
CDC Interim Immunization Recommendations for children, adolescents, and adults after a disaster

Local Health Departments

List of DSHS Local Public Health Organizations
Contact information for local public health organizations by Public Health Region

Other Resources

Tetanus Vaccination Information
CDC tetanus vaccination recommendations 

Hepatitis B Vaccination Information
CDC Hep B vaccination recommendations

Immunizations After a Natural Disaster
CDC Natural Disaster recommendations Q&A

DSHS Information for First Responders
DSHS First Responder Toolkit