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The Texas Department of Health has ruled that students must be current with immunizations in order to attend school unless an exemption has been filed with the school in accordance with the Texas Education Code, Health and Safety, Chapter 38.0001.  Unless a child's immunizations are current, parents will be asked to obtain the needed immunizations before their child is allowed to attend school.  Updated immunization records should be faxed, mailed, or hand-delivered to the school nurse on your child's campus.   The vaccine requirements apply to all children and students entering, attending, enrolling in, and/or transferring to child-care facilities or public or private primary or secondary schools or institutions of higher education.*   *Source: The provisions of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 97, Title 25 Health Services, adopted to be effective April 1, 2004, 29, TexReg 3188; amended to be effective March 5, 2009, 34 TexReg 1433.   Please see attached files for further information.

Contact Information - School Immunizations

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

Mailing Address

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

Physical Address

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

Last updated April 10, 2018


State Immunization Requirements (Letter to Parents

Exclusions from Immunization Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions: (if you have trouble with the links below, visit www.dshs.texas.gov website)

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)

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  • 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.