Important Immunization Information
As of Jan. 1, 2012, children who have private health insurance that includes vaccine coverage will no longer be eligible for the Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) program at local health department clinics. These children will be referred to their primary health care provider for immunization services. This includes the CareVan program. Please check with the Texas Department of Health Services website to see if your child can be served by a public provider. Eligibility of students with Medicaid, CHIP or no insurance does not change.
To Parents of Students Entering 7th Grade
Before entering seventh grade, students are required to have one dose of quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine and a second dose of varicella vaccine in addition to the previously required immunizations. To prevent delays in registration or in scheduling please email an updated vaccination record directly to your middle school nurse.
Curtis Middle School, Jen Rau RN, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ereckson Middle School, Beth Heffernan RN, email@example.com
Ford Middle School, Valerie Schwegmann RN, firstname.lastname@example.org
Low Cost or Free Immunization Clinics:
In accordance with Department of State Health Services (DSHS) policy, the free and reduced vaccine programs funded by Texas Vaccines for Children will only serve:
- CHIP: A child who is enrolled in the CHIP program
- Medicaid: A child who is enrolled in the Medicaid program
- Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
- Underinsured (*New Definition*): A child whose health insurance does not include vaccines; a child whose insurance covers only selected vaccines (TVFC-eligible for non-covered vaccines only); or a child whose insurance caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount. Once that coverage amount is reached, the child is categorized as underinsured.
If you have insurance with vaccine coverage, you are no longer eligible for free or reduced vaccine services previously offered through the Collin County Health Department, Care Van and other providers. Insured children will be required to receive vaccinations from their primary care providers. If you are not sure of your coverage, please contact your insurance carrier.
Collin County Health Department – location and hours
To Print a Copy of your Student’s School Immunization Records
Call your school nurse if you have any questions or would like her to review your child's record. To obtain a copy of your child’s school immunization record:
- Log into Skyward as a Parent
- On the left side, click on Health Info (under Portfolio)
- Go to the tab that says Display Options for the drop down menu
- Click on Vaccinations at the bottom of the dropdown menu
Exemptions of 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.
Information on obtaining an exemption for immunizations and answers to frequently asked questions are available at dshs.state.tx.us