Immunization Information for Parents and the Public

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Every dose matters. Ask your doctor today if your child is on schedule.

No parent wants to protect their child halfway. So stick to the schedule.

Vaccines can keep children safe from 16 harmful diseases. And they need every dose to help protect them. 

Children and teens need to stay on schedule to get the best protection possible.

Back-to-School Readiness Includes Required Vaccines

For many Texas children, the start date of the 2020 school year is still evolving. Although uncertainty remains in many aspects of the upcoming classroom experience, the state requirement for specific vaccines will still be in effect. 

Parents are strongly encouraged to get their kids and teens vaccinated now so they will be ready to go when school begins. Contact your provider about their enhanced procedures for routine healthcare appointments.

Learn more information about the vaccines required for school, daycare, and college in Texas. 

Need help getting a child caught up with vaccines so they can attend school? Check out the CDC’s information on the catch-up schedule.

Recommended Immunization Schedule

Illustration: Childhood Vaccination Milestones in the recommended immunization schedule: birth, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 15 months, 4 to 6 years, 11 to 12 years and 16 years.

Get the best protection for your child. Make sure your child is immunized on schedule for optimal protection against illness and disease. If you've fallen behind on immunizations, our catch-up schedules can help get you back on track. Adult immunization schedules are also provided.

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Information for Parents

School & Child-Care Facility Requirements

Maintaining adequate immunization rates in schools is critical to preventing disease outbreaks and ensuring the health of Texas children. Learn more about the immunization requirements for public & private K-12 schools as well as for child-care facilities.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Parents 

For other questions that aren't answered here, please see our FAQs for parents page, which addresses several immunization-related questions having to do with shot records, low-cost vaccinations, travel vaccinations, determining which vaccines your child needs, and more.

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Low-Cost Vaccines for Eligible Children 

Your child may be eligible for low-cost vaccines through the Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) program. TVFC is a state-operated program funded with federal and state money to provide low-cost vaccines to eligible children from birth through 18 years of age.

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Information for the Public

Low-Cost Vaccines for Uninsured Adults 

Anyone who is 19 years of age or older and does not have health insurance is eligible to receive low-cost vaccines under the Adult Safety Net program. Visit our Adult Safety Net website to learn more about the program and locate a provider in your area.

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Getting Immunization Records 

If you need proof of immunization for a child or adult, start here for an explanation of how to obtain your records from lmmTrac. Since 2005, Texas law has required that all healthcare providers report to lmmTrac all vaccines administered to children younger than 18 years of age.

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Flu Vaccine Information 

Learn where to get a flu shot, how to prevent getting the flu, and information on the vaccine. Our flu season webpage also features resources for expecting mothers, frequent questions and answers about the flu, and helpful links to external resources.

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Contact Us 

Still not able to find the answer to your question? The friendly and helpful Immunization Unit staff is on hand Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to answer any immunization-related questions that you may possibly have. We can be reached by telephone or email.

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Last updated September 9, 2020