Physicians now may submit immunization data for adult patients who want their records to be included in the statewide ImmTrac registry. Physicians must be registered with the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) [PDF] and must retain a patient's signed consent form [PDF] to add an adult patient to the web-based registry. The immunization records can either be entered into the online ImmTrac application or sent electronically to DSHS.
In 2009, TMA strongly supported the Texas Legislature's expansion of ImmTrac to include adult data.
Physicians already may submit immunization data of adult first responders and their family members. Texas law requires physicians to report to ImmTrac any immunizations given to children or as part of a public health emergency. The registry currently includes records of more than 89 million immunizations for more than 6 million Texas children.
More information on adult records is available at the DSHS Immunization Branch website. Questions can be e-mailed to ImmTrac@dshs.state.tx.us.
Action, March 15, 2011