Texas remains one of 19 states that allow medical exemptions and conscientious objections to any required vaccines for children enrolled in school. Many state legislatures have considered or passed new laws related to exemptions, including a repeal of philosophical exemptions and a requirement for exemption data to be published.
TMA's Committee on Child and Adolescent Health and Committee on Infectious Diseases have prepared a resource for physicians on vaccine exemptions in Texas. The committees encourage all physicians to have conversations with their patients about vaccines.
"Vaccine Exemptions in Texas" features Texas student conscientious exemption data and information on adult exemptions, herd immunity, medical contraindications and precautions, talking points doctors can use with patients, and more.
Physicians recognize immunization requirements are one of the most reliable ways to help guarantee a well-vaccinated population. Physicians also recognize the need for medical exemptions for vaccines for contraindications as outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. TMA's policy opposes conscientious objections to required vaccinations.
Action, Jan. 18, 2016
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April 26, 2018