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    Immunization Branch
    Central Office
    1100 West 49th Street
    Austin, Texas 78756

    Phone: (512) 776-3711
    Fax: (512) 458-7288

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School & Child-Care Facility Requirements


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Welcome! This page is a resource for schools, preschools, and child-care facilities to help you understand the immunization requirements for attendance at your facility.

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Update on 2015-2016 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K-12

The 2015-2016 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K-12 have been released and can be found hereAs legislatively-mandated by §97.63 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), the immunization requirements for Texas students have been updated.  No new vaccines are required for the upcoming school year.

Please disregard previous versions of the 2015-2016 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K-12.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 

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Immunization Requirements

The following charts summarize the vaccine requirements incorporated in Title 25 Health Services, §§97.61-97.72 of the Texas Administrative Code. They are not intended as substitutes for consulting the Texas Administrative Code, which has other provisions and details. The Texas Department of State Health Services is granted the authority to set immunization requirements by Texas Education Code, Chapter 38 and Human Resource Code, Chapter 42.

Provisional enrollment and general immunization requirements FAQs Stock # E11-13160 pdf (Rev. 04/2009)

Requirements for Schools

Requirements for Child-Care Facilities

College/University Requirements

Exclusions from Immunization Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions:

Exemption from Immunization for Reasons of Conscience – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Stock # E11-13159 (Rev. 07/2012)

Sample letter for requesting an exemption form:

Sample Request for Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience, Stock # EF11-13140 (Rev. 08/2011)

  • PDF Format
  • MS Word Format

  • Online exemption form request
    This is a secure web page for requesting exemption forms online. DSHS only has one exemption form. If you are an adult requesting the form for yourself complete the parent/guardian section and the child section with your information.

Exemptions to Immunization Requirements:

Link to domain outside of DSHSChapter §97.62 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) describes the conditions under which individuals can seek exemptions from Texas immunization requirements. Exclusions from compliance are allowable on an individual basis for medical contraindications, reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, and active duty with the armed forces of the United States.

Guidelines for Requesting an Exemption for Reasons of Conscience


  • Written requests must be submitted through the U.S. Postal Service, commercial carrier, fax, or by hand-delivery.

    Mailing Address:
    Immunization Branch
    Department of State Health Services
    Immunization Branch (MC 1946) 
    P.O. Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

    Hand Delivery:
    Department of State Health Services  
    Immunization Branch (MC 1946)
    1100 West 49th Street
    Austin, TX  78756

(512) 776-7544

Via the department's online exemption form (https://corequest.dshs.texas.gov/). 

  • Hand-delivered requests may be submitted to the DSHS, Immunization Branch, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. ALL affidavit forms will be mailed to you via U.S. Postal Service.
    Important note: no requests will be filled at the time of hand-delivery.
  • Affidavit form requests will be processed and mailed within one week from the receipt of the request. If additional information is needed in order to process the affidavit, you will be notified.
  • The letter must include the following information:
    • Full name of each child for whom a form is requested (first, middle, and last);
    • Date of birth of each child for whom a form is requested;
    • Parent or legal guardian's signature and complete return mailing address, including zip code; and
    • Number of forms needed for each child (not to exceed five forms per child)
  • Electronic mail or telephone requests cannot be processed.
  • The official Texas Department of State Health Services affidavit form must be notarized and submitted to school officials. The form must be submitted within 90 days from the date it is notarized.
  • The school will accept only official affidavit forms developed and issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Immunization Branch. No other forms or reproductions will be allowed.

Related Websites & Resources

School Health Program
The School Health Program will provide leadership and support to communities in their efforts to meet the health services and health education needs of their children in a school setting.

 Texas Education Agency
Providing leadership, guidance and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students in Texas.

CDC Vaccines & Immunizations 
Information about Vaccine-preventable diseases from the CDC.

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Last updated June 24, 2015