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Immunization Requirements

Dallas ISD encourages parents to vaccinate their children early and avoid the long lines by taking advantage of the immunization services offered at any district Youth and Family Center.

 

Required Immunizations

1. Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis/Tetanus-Diptheria-acellular-Pertussis containing vaccine:

  • Students who started the series before age 7 years – Five doses, with one after the fourth birthday, unless the fourth dose was received after the fourth birthday, in which case only four doses are required.
  • Students who started the series after age 7 years – Three doses of any combination of diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus.
  • Students in grade 7 – one dose of Tdap if it has been five years since previous dose of tetanus-containing vaccine.
  • Students in grade 8-12 – one booster dose of Tdap if it has been 10 years since previous dose of tetanus-containing vaccine.

2. Poliomyelitis (to age 18 years):

  • Four doses with one dose on or after the fourth birthday.
  • Three doses meet the requirement if the third dose is given on or after the fourth birthday.

3. Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR):

  • One dose on or after the first birthday for students under age 4.
  • Two doses on or after the first birthday beginning in pre-kindergarten – twelfth grades.
  • Serologic* confirmation of rubeola, rubella and mumps immunity is acceptable in lieu of the vaccine.

4. Haemophilus Influenza Type B: (Students through age 4 years):

  • One dose vaccine since 15 months of age through 4 years or a series of three doses before 15 months of age with one dose after 12 months of age.
  • Serologic* confirmation of Hib immunity is acceptable in lieu of the vaccine.

5. Hepatitis B:

  • Three doses
  • Serologic* confirmation of Hepatitis B immunity is acceptable in lieu of the vaccine

6. Varicella (Chicken Pox):

  • One dose received on or after the first birthday.
  • Two doses for all students entering Pre- Kindergarten thru fifth grade and seventh – twelfth grades with first dose on or after first birthday.
  • Students who start varicella immunization after age 13 years – two doses are required.
  • Serologic* confirmation of immunity is acceptable in lieu of the vaccine.
  • Previous varicella illness documented by a written statement from the parent or physician is acceptable in lieu of the vaccine.

7. Pneumococcal: (24 months to age 59 months):

  • One dose after age 24 months or a minimum of three doses with one after 12 months of age.

8. Hepatitis A:

  • Two doses are required for students entering pre-Kindergarten – fifth grade with the first dose received on or after the first birthday.
  • Fifth through twelfth grades, two doses recommended, but not required.
  • Vaccines given four days before the minimum age or interval are acceptable.
  • Serologic* confirmation of immunity is acceptable in lieu of the vaccine.

9. Meningococcal:

  • One dose vaccine for all students entering seventh – twelfth

Recommended vaccines (consult your health care provider):

  • HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS VACCINE – Three doses series with the first dose at 11-12 years, the second dose two months after the first dose, and a third dose six months after the first dose. Adolescents ages 13-18 years may receive the series if previously not vaccinated.
  • INFLUENZA VACCINE – Two doses for children ages 5-9 years receiving the vaccine for the first time. One dose for children ages 5-21 receiving the vaccine after previous year(s) of vaccinations.

*Blood test

NOTE 1: A 30-day provisional enrollment is available only to the following student groups:

  • Students transferring from one Texas school to another Texas school.
  • Students who are defined as homeless according to the federal McKinney-Vento Act 42 U. S. C. Section 111434a.

NOTE 2: 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.

NOTE 3: Exemptions from immunization requirements may be granted on a medical basis or for reasons of conscience. A medical exemption, signed by the physician, is required annually if not otherwise stated by the physician. Exemption for reasons of conscience must be submitted on an affidavit provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Exemption for reason of conscience is granted for two years. Exemptions are not recognized in time of epidemics. Students will need to be immunized or cannot attend school in case of an epidemic declared by the Commissioner of Health.

Exemptions,Provisional Enrollment, and Documentation

Exemptions:

The law allows (a) physicians to write a statement stating 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 and child-care facilities 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 at www.ImmunizeTexas.com. Original Exemption Affidavit must be completed and submitted to the school or child-care facility.

For children claiming medical exemptions, a written statement by the physician must be submitted to the school or child-care facility.

Provisional Enrollment:

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.

Documentation:

Since many types of personal immunization records are in use, any document will be acceptable provided a physician or public health personnel has validated it. The month, day, and year that the vaccination was received must be recorded on all school immunization records created or updated after September 1, 1991.

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