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Back-to-school immunization requirements

TYLER, August 2, 2013--It is that time of the year again. New school vaccine requirements became effective August 1, 2009.  Five new vaccine requirements were added at that time and an additional grade level has been phased into the requirements each year.

The  vaccines affected were:

Hep A, MMR, Varicella, Tdap, and Meningococcal

  • The Hep A vaccine (affects the K-3rd grade only)
  • The MMR vaccine (affects all grade levels) - 2 doses are required
  • The Meningitis vaccine (affects 7th-10th grade)  
  • The 2 dose varicella vaccine (affects K-3 and 7-10; all other grades are one dose required)

The Tdap vaccine (affects the 7th graders who have not had a tetanus-containing vaccine in the past 5 years and the 8-12 graders who have not had it in the past 10 years)

The changes to the requirements were made in order to update the Texas elementary and secondary school immunization requirements so they adhere more closely to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations.

Parents are encouraged not to wait until the week before and the week of school to come and get their immunizations in order to get into school. Parents need to have their children’s immunizations updated as soon as possible.

The Northeast Texas Public Health District, located at 815 N. Broadway, in Tyler, is available now for Immunization updates. The phone number is 903-510-5604. Clinic hours are 8 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, with hours extended until 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday.

Immunizations are given on a walk-in basis with a $10.00 administration fee per vaccine. Medicaid/CHIP is accepted. If the child has insurance, they will only be seen if they meet the criteria of underinsured. 

KYYK's Gary Richards spoke with Northeast Texas Public Health District's Sylvia Warren about the requirements. Click below for more.

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