Immunizations

2019-2020 Texas Vaccine Requirements

The State of Texas sets vaccination requirements for children attending school in Texas and requires students to show acceptable evidence of vaccination prior to entry, attendance, or transfer to a public or private elementary or secondary school in Texas. Click the appropriate button below to view a downloadable/printable document that includes all requirements.

Acceptable evidence of vaccination includes immunization records that have been validated by a physician or public health personnel signature or stamp, those generated by a public health authority, or those received from another school district.

The month, day, and year that the vaccination was received must be recorded on the record. 

For students in 7th through 12th grades, proof of meningococcal vaccine on their immunization record must indicate one of the following: MCV4, MenACWY, Menveo, or Menactra.  

Students who do not meet eligibility for provisional enrollment, who do not present a valid Department of State Health Services (DSHS) affidavit of exemption for reasons of conscience, or who do not have a medical exemption for immunization will be excluded from school until immunization requirements are met. The school nurse will make every effort to provide resources for families whose students' immunization records are not current according to state law.

Student immunization records are maintained electronically.  To view the record on file for your child, please login to Family Access.  
 
For questions about immunization requirements, please visit the DSHS Immunization Branch website by clicking on Texas School and Child-Care Facility Immunization Requirements . You may also call the Immunization Branch at (800) 252-9142.

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Immunization Exemptions

The State of Texas does allow for exemptions to the immunization requirements based on medical need or reasons of conscience; however both types of exemptions require proper documentation. Visit the Texas Department of State Health Services school immunization page for more information about immunization exemptions.

Students who have had the chicken pox disease (varicella) are not required to be vaccinated against the disease.  A written statement from a parent or legal guardian, school nurse, or physician indicating that the student had the disease with the date of the illness is acceptable in lieu of immunization. 

Students who have had a lab test that shows they are immune to the following diseases may present a copy of the laboratory results in lieu of documentation of the vaccines:  measles; rubella; mumps; hepatitis A; hepatitis B; or varicella. 

Free and Low Cost Immunization Clinics

Many free and low-cost immunization clinics partner with the Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) program to provide low-cost vaccines to eligible children.  Children eligible for the these vaccines are up to and including 18 years of age who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Eligible for Medicaid
  • Enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) 
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Uninsured Children
  • Underinsured children whose health insurance does not fully cover vaccines

Dallas County Immunization Clinics
Dallas County Immunization Clinics serve children 18 years and younger.

Cost is $10 at the first visit and $5 for subsequent visits.  
No child eligible for Texas Vaccines for Children will be denied services.
For more information, call 214-819-2163.
Dallas County Immunization Clinic Locations

​Stemmons Immunization Clinic
2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, Rm. 159 (first floor) in Dallas
The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Telephone is 214-819-2163 or 214-819-1903

John West Branch Immunization Clinic
3312 N. Buckner Blvd. Suite 200 in Dallas
The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Telephone: 214-321-5747

Mesquite Public Health Clinic
1616 N. Galloway, Mesquite
Open 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.  
Telephone:  972-329-8326
All immunizations for children are $14, including flu vaccine. For additional information about the clinic including eligibility requirements, flu shots and adult immunizations, click the following button: Mesquite Public Health Clinic

Summer hours for 2019 are August 12 through August 23, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and have a copy of their most recent immunization record.  

CareVan:  Caring for Children Foundation of Texas, Inc.
CareVan is a TVFC provider administering vaccines for eligible children ages 2 months through 18 years of age. 
All vaccinations are free and no appointments are necessary. 
All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and have a copy of their most recent immunization record.  

For complete CareVan schedules and other information, please click the following button: 
CareVan.Org 

The Doctor Spot:  Lifesavers Foundation
The Doctor Spot is a mobile pediatric clinic offering free medical services, including immunizations, to poor and medically underserved children in southeast Dallas County.  
For information on the clinic location and schedule, click the following button: The Doctor Spot Schedule  
Telephone: 972-834-2473.

RELATED LINKS:

The Department of State Health Services provides a resource for individuals seeking local flu vaccine clinics at DSHS Flu Vaccine Clinic Locator. This resource also lists other vaccines provided at participating vaccine clinics. 
 
Vaccine Information Statements providing information about specific vaccines including benefits and risks are available through the Department of State Health Services at Vaccine Information Statements.