Texas School & Child-Care Facility Immunization Requirements

Texas school and child-care facility immunization requirements are determined by the state legislature and set by the Texas Department of State Health Services, in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency.

Maintaining adequate immunization rates in schools is critical to preventing disease outbreaks and ensuring the health of Texas children.


Contact Information

Phone: (800) 252-9152
Fax: (512) 776-7544

See the school compliance contact page for additional contact information.


Important News and Updates

 

2019-2020 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades K-12

The  2019-2020 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades K-12 are now available.


2019-2020 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities

The  2019-2020 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities are now available. 


Update to the Conscientious Exemption Affidavit Form

The paper that is currently being used to print the affidavit for exemptions from immunizations for reasons of conscience has changed.  A childcare facility, school, or university should accept a valid vaccine exemption affidavit that is printed on either the new or old affidavit paper. Conscientious exemption affidavits printed on both types of paper are valid for two years from the date notarized. 

The text and formatting of the affidavit is exactly the same between the old and new affidavit forms:

  • Number in upper right corner in red ink
  • DSHS logo in upper left corner
  • State seal water mark
  • Color of paper is light blue, but slightly different tint
  • When copied, the copy will show the word “void”

There are some differences between the old and new paper:

Difference Old Affidavit Exemption Paper New Affidavit Exemption Paper
Weight/thickness
  • Heavier, thicker paper
  • Feels more like an index card or card stock
  • Lighter, thinner paper 
  • Feels more like computer paper

If you have any concerns about the validity of an exemption affidavit form, please contact DSHS at 1-800-252-9152 and ask for the school compliance team.

 

2018-2019 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades K-12

The 2018-2019 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades K-12 are now available.  


2018-2019 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities

The 2018-2019 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities are now available.


No additional extension to provisional enrollment is planned at this time. After November 1, 2017, students will need to have an up-to-date immunization record or an exemption on file to stay in school. Under Texas Administrative Code, a 30-day provisional enrollment is still allowed in the following situations:

  • Foster children enrolling in a new school
  • Active duty military dependents enrolling in a new school
  • Homeless students enrolling in a new school
  • Students that have at least one dose of each vaccine required can be provisionally enrolled until the next dose(s) is due.
  • Students transferring from another school within Texas

If you have questions about provisional enrollment, contact the School Compliance Team at schoolimm@dshs.texas.gov.

If a student meets certain eligibility requirements, s/he is able to participate in the Texas Vaccines for Children program.  More information can be found at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/tvfc/

Immunization Requirements for Students Displaced by Hurricane Harvey
A letter with information on how immunization requirements should be handled for students displaced by Hurricane Harvey, as well as resources available for some of those students is now available.


2017-2018 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades K-12

The 2017-2018 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades K-12 are now available. 


2017-2018 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities

The 2017-2018 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities are now available.


Update to the Conscientious Exemption Affidavit Form

The conscientious exemption affidavit form has been revised. The revision date is now 06/2018.  Affidavits previously issued on the old forms can still be used under the existing rules: the form must be submitted to the facility within 90 days of notarization and will be valid for two years from the date of notarization. The conscientious exemption request process remains the same.  For additional information, please contact the Immunization Unit at 1-800-252-9152.


Influenza (Flu) Information for Child-Care Facilities

Each year, the Immunization Unit distributes influenza (flu) information to child-care facilities statewide. Electronic versions of the latest resources can be found on the Forms and Publications page.


2016-2017 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades K-12

The 2016-2017 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades K-12 are now available. NOTE: The requirement chart reflects revisions made to 25 TAC §§97.61-97.72. These revisions take effect on July 28, 2016.


2016-2017 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities

The 2016-2017 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities are now available.


Flu Vaccination Information Required on Public School Websites

In 2007, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill No. 1059, also known as the Emily Lastinger Act, which requires all public school districts to post immunization information prominently on the school district's website, if the district has one.

Read more in the Influenza Letter to Schools, February 2016 (PDF)

Last updated April 17, 2019