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Immunization Requirements/Exemptions


 The 2017-2018 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K-12 have been released and can be found below. As legislatively-mandated by §97.63 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), the immunization requirements for Texas students have been updated. No new vaccines are required for the upcoming school year. For more information, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization branch website - click here.

Exemptions to Immunization Requirements:

Chapter §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.


Guidelines for Requesting an Exemption for Reasons of Conscience

  •  Written requests must be submitted through the U.S. Postal Service, commercial carrier, fax, or by hand-delivery.
  • Mailing Address:
    Immunization Branch
    Department of State Health Services
    Immunization Branch (MC 1946) 
    P.O. Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

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

(512) 776-7544

Via the department's online exemption form ( 

  • Hand-delivered requests may be submitted to the DSHS, Immunization Branch, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. ALL affidavit forms will be mailed to you via U.S. Postal Service.
    Important note: no requests will be filled at the time of hand-delivery.
  • Affidavit form requests will be processed and mailed within one week from the receipt of the request. If additional information is needed in order to process the affidavit, you will be notified.
  • The letter must include the following information:
    • Full name of each child for whom a form is requested (first, middle, and last);
    • Date of birth of each child for whom a form is requested;
    • Parent or legal guardian's signature and complete return mailing address, including zip code; and
    • Number of forms needed for each child (not to exceed five forms per child)
  • Electronic mail or telephone requests cannot be processed.
  • The official Texas Department of State Health Services affidavit form must be notarized and submitted to school officials. The form must be submitted within 90 days from the date it is notarized.
  • The school will accept only official affidavit forms developed and issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Immunization Branch. No other forms or reproductions will be allowed.


Related Websites & Resources

School Health Program
The School Health Program will provide leadership and support to communities in their efforts to meet the health services and health education needs of their children in a school setting.

 Texas Education Agency
Providing leadership, guidance and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students in Texas.

CDC Vaccines & Immunizations 
Information about Vaccine-preventable diseases from the CDC.