Please see the following forms and information for all of your immunization questions and answers. Feel free to contact the nurse if you need any further information.

State Required Immunizations:

-          Kindergarten & New Students: UME needs record of the following immunizations for your student to start school – Dtap, Polio, HepA, HepB, MMR, and Varicella.

-          7th Grade – Tdap and Meningococcal

-          For more information: Texas Minimum Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K-12

Immunization Exemptions:
Exemption for reason of conscience requires an Affidavit from the state, completed by the student’s guardian/parent and turned into school. This will remain valid for two years and then a new affidavit will need to be supplied to school. UME must retain the original copy while your student is attending UME.
Medical Exemption requires a signed letter from your doctor yearly unless the letter states a specific lifelong condition.
Previous Infection - according to Texas Health and Human Services:
- “Serologic evidence of infection or serologic confirmation of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, or varicella is acceptable in place of vaccine.”
- “Previous illness may be documented with a written statement from a physician, school nurse, or the child’s parent or guardian containing wording such as: “This is to verify that (name of student) had varicella disease (chickenpox) on or about (date) and does not need varicella vaccine.” This written statement will be acceptable in place of any and all varicella vaccine doses required.”

Chicken Pox History -  This form must be filled out and turned into the nurse to verify to the state that your child does not require the Varicella vaccine due to contracting Chicken Pox as a child.

Texas Vaccines for Children Program - Immunizations Unit

Since its inception in 1994, Texas has participated in the Federal Vaccines for Children Program (VFC). Our version is called the Texas Vaccines for Children Program (TVFC). The Program was initiated by the passage of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. This legislation guaranteed vaccines would be available at no cost to providers, in order to immunize children (birth - 18 years of age) who meet the eligibility requirements.

Today there are approximately 3,200 Texas providers enrolled in TVFC. Texas leads the nation in the number of uninsured and underinsured children. We also have approximately 3 million Texas children on Medicaid (Federal Fiscal Year 2016 data). Many of these children are not receiving the complete series of immunizations required to protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Texas State Law Requirement:
The law requires that students be full vaccinated by the first date of attendance. If the student qualifies for provisional enrollment a 30-day deadline will be given to receive the subsequent dose of vaccines required by law. If, at the end of the 30-day period, a provisionally enrolled student has not received the subsequent dose of vaccines required by law, the student is not in compliance and the school shall exclude the student from school attendance until the required dose is administered. Proof of vaccine should be provided to the school nurse or administrator for the student to be allowed back in school.