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The Texas Department of Health has ruled that students must be current with immunizations in order to attend school unless an exemption has been filed with the school in accordance with Texas Education Code, Health and Safety, Chapter 38.0001. Unless a child’s immunizations are current when school begins on August 15, 2006, parents will be asked to obtain the needed immunizations before their child is allowed to return to school. Austin ISD has met monthly with public health agencies to increase access to immunizations in the community. Throughout the summer, several locations are offering immunization clinics to meet the need of students that will need one or more immunizations before school starts.
Every child in the state shall be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases caused by infectious agents in accordance with the following immunization schedule.*
A child or 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, or institution of higher education.*
* Source: The provisions of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 97, Title 25 Health Services, adopted to be effective April 1, 2004, 29 TexReg 3188
Parents may fax or mail the updated immunization record and delinquency letter to 406-6543 or Children’s/AISD Student Health Services, 4900 Mueller Blvd., Austin, Texas, 78723.
Families are encouraged to visit their primary physician first; however, if you do not have a physician here is a list of locations in the community providing immunization clinics during the summer.
For more information related to school immunization compliance, please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization Branch website.
If you have any questions please contact your school nurse or Children’s/AISD Student Health Services at 324-0195.