Heading back to school is an exciting time of year for students and families. Getting children and teens ready to go back to school is the perfect time to make sure they are up to date with their immunizations. Vaccines are essential to a healthy school year and protecting students from serious illness.
In Texas, a student shall show acceptable documentation of vaccination before entering, attending, or transferring to a childcare facility or public or private elementary or secondary school. Vaccine requirements are determined by the state legislature and set by the Texas Department of State Health Services, in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency. More information on the required immunizations for K-12th graders in Texas can be found here. If you’re not sure which vaccines your child needs, please give our office a call at [enter contact information here]. You can also check with your school’s nurse to see if they have an updated vaccination record for your child.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many of our parents to delay bringing their children in for yearly checkups. Because annual appointments are when many kids receive their scheduled vaccinations, those who missed their yearly checkups may also have missed needed vaccines. If your child missed vaccines because of the pandemic or for other reasons, it is never too late to bring them up to date.
At Pediatric Center at Renaissance, we’re here to help get your children get caught up on their vaccinations before school starts. We believe vaccinating your family provides the best protection against diseases that can cause serious illness. The health and safety of your children and your family is our top priority.
Schedule your child’s annual visit with our office today and ask us about what vaccines are available. Call 956-686-6100, option 1 to make an appointment.
If you’re worried about the cost of vaccinating your kids before school begins, The Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) program may be able to help. The TVFC Program provides vaccines for children for families who may not be able to afford them.
Children are eligible to receive vaccinations through the TVFC program if they are 18 years of age or younger and meet at least one of the eligibility criteria listed below:
· Enrolled or eligible for participation in the Medicaid program
· Enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
· American Indian or Alaska Native (As defined by 25 U.S.C. 1603)
· Uninsured Children: Children who do not have health insurance
· Underinsured Children: Children with private insurance but coverage:
o Does not include vaccines
o Only includes select vaccines
As parents, especially if this is your first child, we understand that you may have questions and concerns. This section is here to assist. We hope that it will help address some of the more common questions we are often asked as pediatricians.
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Infant and Toddler
School Aged Children
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