Immunization Requirements

  • Immunization Requirements

    The Texas State Department of Health requires that all children entering Texas elementary or secondary schools of higher education must have been immunized against communicable diseases: Diphtheria/Tetanus/Attenuated Pertussis (DTaP/TdaP), Poliomyelitis, Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR), Haemophilus Influenzae (HIB), Pneumococcus (PCV), Meningitis (MCV), Varicella, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B.

    2019/2020 Immunization Requirements - Texas DSHS

    7th Grade Immunization Requirements

    • Tetanus booster (1 dose of Tdap is required if at least 5 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine.)
    • 1 Meningitis Vaccine (on or after 11th birthday; If a student received the vaccine at 10 years of age, this will satisfy the requirement.)

    ***ATTENTION Incoming 7th grade Parents/Students: Please bring a CURRENT Immunization record to Registration/Schedule pick up. You will not be able to complete the registration process without it, which includes receiving your student's class schedule. ***

    Hepatitis A

    Students in grades Pk - 10th grade are required to have two Hep A vaccines.

    Chicken Pox

    Students in K – 12 grades are required to have two Varicella shots. However, if your child has had Chicken Pox, they do not need to complete this series. Please notify the school nurse and/or fill out the verification form and return it to the nurse.

    High School

    As noted at Bacterial Meningitis, students entering college must also, with limited exception, furnish evidence of having received a bacterial meningitis vaccination within the five years prior to enrolling in and attending classes at an institution of higher education. A student wanting to enroll in a dual credit course taken off campus may be subject to this requirement.

    Immunization Enrollment Policy

    At time of registration, state law requires that a student present evidence of current immunization or of being in active pursuit of adequate immunization.

    Since many types of personal immunization records are in use, any document will be acceptable provided a physician or public health personnel has validated it. The month, day, and year that the vaccination was received must be recorded on all school immunization records created or updated after September 1, 1991. 

    Immunization records generated from electronic health record systems must include clinic contact information and the provider's signature/stamp. An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority is acceptable. An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state, is acceptable. 

    Immunization Exemption

    Texas law allows (a) physicians to write medical exemption statements that the vaccine(s) required would be medically harmful or injurious to the health and well-being of the child or household member, and (b) parents/guardians to choose an exemption from immunization requirements for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. The law does not allow parents/guardians to elect an exemption simply because of inconvenience (for example, a record is lost or incomplete and it is too much trouble to go to a physician or clinic to correct the problem). Schools should maintain an up-to-date list of students with exemptions, so they may be excluded in times of emergency or epidemic declared by the commissioner of public health.

    Instructions for requesting the official exemption affidavit that must be signed by parents/guardians choosing the exemption for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, can be found on the Exemption Information page of this website. An Original Exemption Affidavit must be completed and submitted to the school.

    For children claiming medical exemptions, a written statement by the physician must be submitted to the school. Unless it is written in the statement that a lifelong condition exists, the exemption statement is valid for only one year from the date signed by the physician.