Immunizations

  • The 2018-2019 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. For more information, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization website.
     

    Exemptions to the 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.
     
     
    Written requests for an immunization exemption on the basis of conscience must be submitted through the U.S. Postal Service, commercial carrier, fax, or by hand-delivery. Email or telephone requests are not accepted. Affidavit form requests will be processed and mailed within one week from the receipt of the request. If additional information is needed to process the affidavit, you will be notified. The letter of request must contain the full name of each child for who ma 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, and number of forms needed for each child (not to exceed five forms per child)
     
    Mailing Address:
    Immunization Branch
    Department of State Health Services
    Immunization Branch (MC 1946) 
    P.O. Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78714-9347
     
    Physical Address: (for hand delivery)
    Department of State Health Services
    Immunization Branch (MC 1946)
    1100 W 49th Street
    Austin, TX 78756

     

    Fax:
    (512) 776-7544

    Online:
    Via the department's online exemption form available at https://corequest.dshs.texas.gov/

     

    The official Texas Department of State Health Services affidavit form must be notarized and submitted to school district officials within 90 days from the date of notarization. Bastrop ISD 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.

    Exemption from Immunization for Reasons of Conscience – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (English

    Exemption from Immunization for Reasons of Conscience – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (Spanish)

     

    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.