2016-17 Immunization Requirements
The following are excerpts from the Texas Department of Health Website: Texas Department of Health Services - Immunizations.
A student shall show acceptable evidence of vaccination prior to entry, attendance, or transfer to a child-care facility or public or private elementary or secondary school in Texas.
All immunizations should be completed by the first date of
attendance. The law requires that students be fully vaccinated against
the specified diseases. A student may be enrolled provisionally if the
student has an immunization record that indicates the student has
received at least one dose of each specified age-appropriate vaccine
required by this rule. To remain enrolled, the student must complete the
required subsequent doses in each vaccine series on schedule and as
rapidly as is medically feasible and provide acceptable evidence of
vaccination to the school. A school nurse or school administrator shall
review the immunization status of a provisionally enrolled student every
30 days to ensure continued compliance in completing the required doses
of vaccination. If, at the end of the 30-day period, a student has not
received a subsequent dose of vaccine, the student is not in compliance
and the school shall exclude the student from school attendance until
the required dose is administered.
Texas law allows (a) physicians to write medical exemption statements
that the vaccine(s) required would be medically harmful or injurious to
the health and well-being of the child or household member, and (b)
parents/guardians to choose an exemption from immunization requirements
for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. The law does
not allow parents/guardians to elect an exemption simply because of
inconvenience (for example, a record is lost or incomplete and it is too
much trouble to go to a physician or clinic to correct the problem).
Schools should maintain an up-to-date list of students with exemptions,
so they may be excluded in times of emergency or epidemic declared by
the commissioner of public health.
Instructions for requesting the official exemption affidavit
that must be signed by parents/guardians choosing the exemption for
reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, can be found on the
Exemption Information page of this website. Original Exemption Affidavit must be completed and submitted to the school.
For children claiming medical exemptions, a written statement by the
physician must be submitted to the school. Unless it is written in the
statement that a lifelong condition exists, the exemption statement is
valid for only one year from the date signed by the physician.
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