In the midst of summer, doctor’s appointments and shots are the last things your child will want to think about. However, before starting this new school year, all students must be up-to-date on their immunizations. It is required by the state of Texas for every student to show acceptable evidence of vaccination before they are allowed entry, attendance or transfer to school.
Vaccines that are required include Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis, Polio, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Meningococcal and Hepatitis A. Students must present documentation from the physician to the school. All immunizations must be completed by the first date of attendance, and students are required by law to be protected from these diseases before exposing other students.
The law also allows students to bring documentation if they have exemptions from receiving specific vaccinations. A physician can write a statement stating the immunization(s) required would be medically harmful to the health and well-being of the child or household member. Parents or guardians could also choose an exemption for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. Please note, inconvenience is not an acceptable excuse for exemption.
If you are unsure if your child is up-to-date on vaccinations, consult your physician or look at the Texas Vaccinations Chart provided for the minimum requirements.
For more information, visit the Carroll ISD’s Health Services website.