Information on Texas vaccination requirements, including school requirements, immunization schedules, vaccine safety, low-cost vaccines for children, and coverage statistics. Texas law allows physicians to write medical exemption statements for vaccines that would be medically harmful or injurious to the health and well-being of the child or a household member. Parents or guardians can also choose a religious exemption from immunization requirements. Texas immunization requirements work to increase vaccination rates and help keep Texans safe from preventable diseases.
CDC VACCINE SCHEDULES
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Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) publishes immunization schedules for persons age birth through 18 years. These schedules summarize recommendations for routine vaccines for children age 18 years and younger.
Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approves immunization schedules recommended for persons living in the United States. The adult immunization schedule provides a summary of ACIP recommendations on the use of licensed vaccines routinely recommended for adults aged 19 years or older.
Vaccines are the best defense we have against infectious diseases like whooping cough, measles, tetanus, hepatitis B, and diphtheria. The Texas Immunization Unit assists doctors in keeping Texans healthy by providing the most recent immunization schedules, as well as resources to increase public access to vaccines, and immunization registry tracking.
Providing immunizations for vaccine-preventable diseases is a priority for all physicians. Doctors can help eliminate the spread of infectious diseases by using resources from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) that address proper vaccine storage, required record keeping, vaccine licensure dates, patient education, access for children, a binational immunization equivalency tool, vaccine safety standards, and more.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 11- to 12-year-olds receive two doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine at least six months apart rather than the previously recommended three doses to protect against cancers caused by HPV infections. Teens and young adults who start the series later, at ages 15 through 26 years, will continue to need three doses, CDC says.
TMA works with the State of Texas to increase vaccination rates for all Texans by improving access to immunizations, public education efforts, and registry tracking.
TMA’s new two-page guide summarizes key points about vaccine exemptions, to help you talk about them to your patients.
TMA's Be Wise — ImmunizeSM offers Local Impact Grants for shot clinics that target children, adolescents, or adults. TMA members can receive up to $2,500 for a vaccination event.
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