Houston Health Department

Childhood Immunizations


Childhood and adolescent Immunizations

Texas Vaccines for Children

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program helps provide vaccines to children whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them. This helps ensure that all children have a better chance of getting their recommended vaccinations on schedule. Vaccines available through the VFC Program are those recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Today, there are more than 500 providers enrolled in TVFC in Houston/Harris County. These vaccines protect babies, young children, and adolescents from the following disease:

Under TVFC, the following groups of children (birth – 18 years of age) are eligble to receive free vaccines:
  • uninsured or underinsured children,
  • children who are covered by CHIP,
  • children who are of Native American or Native Alaskan heritage, and
  • children on Medicaid.
If your child meets one of the VFC eligibility criteria listed above, the vaccine must always be provided free of charge.The vaccines have already been paid for with federal tax dollars. This means that no one can charge a fee for the vaccine itself. The provider is granted (by law) the ability to charge what is called an "administrative fee." An administrative fee is similar to a patient's co-pay, in that it helps providers offset their costs of doing business.

The administrative fee is determined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A provider in Texas may charge a patient any amount up to, but not exceeding $22.06 for each vaccine administered. There is no lower limit, so providers have the option to charge what they feel is fair, including no charge at all. Vaccines are required to be administered even if the patient/guardian/parent is unable to pay the administration fee. Providers may not send a patient/guardian/parent to collections or charge fees for the patient’s inability to pay administration fees.

Contact your physician to confirm their participation in the Texas Vaccines for Children Program or visit one of the Houston Health Department's immunization clinics.



ImmTrac, the Texas Immunization Registry, is a no-cost service offered by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). It is a secure and confidential registry available to all Texans. ImmTrac safely consolidates and stores immunization information from multiple sources electronically in one centralized system. Texas law requires written consent for ImmTrac participation and limits access to the registry to only those individuals who have been authorized by law.

The immunization information in ImmTrac is provided by a variety of sources, including private health-care providers, pharmacies, public health clinics, Medicaid claims administrators, and vital statistics. Regardless of the number of sources, each client’s immunization information is consolidated into one electronic record. Only authorized professionals such as doctors, nurses, and public health providers can access clients’ vaccination histories.
  • To register you and/or your child for ImmTrac print and complete the appropriate consent form.
Parental Consent Form - Use this form to register your child (aged 17 and younger)
Adult Consent Form - Use this form to register as an adult (aged 18 and older)
Mail or fax the completed form(s) to:
Houston Health Department
Immunization Bureau
8000 North Stadium Drive - 5th Floor
Houston, TX 77054
Fax: 832.393.5241
  • Request your Immunization Record from the Houston Health Department by calling 832.393.5427.
  • Visit the DSHS ImmTrac website for more information.

School Immunization Requirements
The following information on school immunization requirements can be found at the Department of State Health Service website.
  • Requirements for Grades K-12
  • Requirements for Child-care Facilities
  • College University Requirements
  • Exemptions to Immunization Requirements
  • Guidelines for Requesting an Exemption for Reasons of Conscience

Additional Resources for Parents