Required immunizations for the upcoming school year
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Immunizations are an important part of public health, and Texas law requires students in Texas schools to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Department of State Health Services is urging parents and guardians to not wait until August and to avoid the last minute rush.

Below is a list of the required vaccines for students who will attend school in the 2010-11 school year.

This list includes new requirements that were added to kindergarten and seventh grade in 2009. Parents of students who will enter kindergarten and seventh grade should pay special attention to the additional vaccine requirements.

Please be aware that students without the required immunizations or a valid exemption will not be allowed to attend school.

Vaccine requirements for students entering kindergarten through 12th grade:

3 to 5 doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP/DTP/DT/Td)

3 to 4 doses of polio

2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)

3 doses of hepatitis B

1 to 2 doses of varicella

1 booster dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) 10 years after the last dose of tetanus-diphtheria-containing vaccine.

Additional vaccine requirements for students entering kindergarten, 1st grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade:

2 doses of hepatitis A for students entering K – first grade

2 doses of varicella for students entering K – first and seventh – eighth grade

1 booster dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) for students entering seventh grade, if at least 5 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-diphtheria-containing vaccine

1 dose of meningococcal for students entering seventh – eigth grade

If you need help determining which vaccines your child needs for the 2010-11 school year or when to get the vaccines, call your child’s doctor or immunization clinic, or your city/county health department.

For information on where you can take your child to get free or reduced-cost vaccines, check with your city/county health department, or call 2-1-1. This is a three-digit toll free number that provides information on health and social services for your area.

You may also call the Immunization Branch Customer Service number 800-252-9152 if you have questions or need more information about immunization requirements.
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