Public Health Region 8 - Immunization

Laurie Henefey
Immunization Program Manager
112 Joe Carper
Uvalde, TX 78801
830-591-4386
Fax:  830-278-1831

7430 Louis Pasteur Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229
210-949-2122
Fax:  210-949-2133

Purpose

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
  • 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 Region 8

Activities

Determining the vaccine coverage levels in Region 8

Region 8 Immunization Program determines the vaccine coverage levels in Region 8 by conducting population assessments in childcare facilities, and public and private schools. View county-specific coverage levels.

Providing immunization education to the public and medical providers

Region 8 Immunization Program provides education and educational materials to the public on the importance of vaccines, and vaccine-preventable diseases, and promotes vaccines and immunizations during National Infant Immunization Week in April, National Immunization Awareness Month in August, and National Influenza Vaccine Week in October.

Public Health 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) immunization training and conferences.

View free immunization educational materials and literature.

Collaborating and partnering with others to improve vaccine coverage levels and promote immunizations

Region 8 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.