If you havenít already had your flu shot this season, itís not too late! The Texas flu season usually peaks in January or February. DCHD recommends getting your flu shot before the holidays to protect yourself, and your loved ones. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to be fully effective, so be prepared.
UPDATED 1/15/14: DCHD has a limited supply of flu vaccines for certain populations: for some children on Medicaid/CHIP, or who have NO health insurance, and for Denton County seniors 65 years of age and older. Those 65 years and older should also consider the pneumonia vaccine, which is available as well.
(Stocks change frequently; please call your clinic for vaccine availability. See clinic locations and hours below.)
Immunizations are available for CHIP and Children's Medicaid recipients, and for uninsured residents. Immunizations are given on a walk-in basis only. Cash, Medicaid, and CHIP are accepted as payment; no credit/debit cards or checks are accepted. Please bring your child's most current shot record with you. A parent or guardian must accompany children under 18. Overseas/travel immunizations are available to all county residents.
Clinic Locations: Denton:
535 S. Loop 288, Suite 1003 (940) 349-2900
Lewisville: 190 N. Valley
Pkwy., Suite 203 (972) 434-4700
Immunizations Offered at These Hours:
Monday - Thursday 7am-11:30am &1pm-5:30pm
7am-11:30am & 1pm-4:30pm
Late summer is the busiest time for immunizations at our clinics. To avoid long wait times during the back-to-school hustle, bring your child in with his/her shot record early in the summer. Many schools even begin alerting parents about required vaccines for your child's next year at the end of each school year.
Beat the rush, and get your child's immunizations done early
Carrollton WIC Office:
First and Third Wednesday of the month 1:30pm - 3:15pm 3044 Old
Denton Road Carrollton, TX 75007 (972) 446-1507
Colony Outreach Clinic:
Third Wednesday of every month 9:30am - 11:30am Calvary
Christian Church 5220 Blair Oaks Drive The Colony, TX 75056
Call for appointment: (940) 349-2574
Our staff uses ImmTrac to combine multiple immunization records for one child, and look up past immunizations if a parent doesn't have a copy of his/her child's most current record.
ImmTrac, the Texas Immunization registry, is a free service offered by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
ImmTrac, the Texas Immunization registry, is a free service offered by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). ImmTrac is a secure and confidential registry available to all Texans. ImmTrac safely consolidates and stores immunization information 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. ImmTrac contains several million immunization records and continues to rapidly grow with increase participation.
How does ImmTrac help me and my family? Providers authorized
to use ImmTrac can see what immunizations your child has already had,
even if they were given in another city or county. So when you come in
for shots, your child gets only those that he or she needs.
This means that your child won't be under-vaccinated and more susceptible to diseases.
Your child won't be over-vaccinated either, so he or she does not have to go through any more discomfort than is necessary.
ImmTrac can also print out a shot record you can use to get your child into school or childcare.
Using ImmTrac, immunization providers can remind you to bring your child in for shots that are due, or to notify you about shots that are overdue.
How does ImmTrac work? When a health-care provider gives your child an immunization, and you consent to registering this information, the statewide immunization registry, known as ImmTrac, is notified. ImmTrac will keep an electronic immunization record on your child. Some information contained in the registry is the child's name, date-of-birth, address, the name of the parent or guardian, information on the shots given, and who gave them. Optional (but very helpful) information stored in ImmTrac is the child's Social Security number and mother's maiden name. This optional information helps prevent duplicate records from being created.
Since its inception in 1994, Texas has participated in the Federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program. Our version is called the
Texas Vaccines for Children Program, or TVFC. This program guarantees that vaccines would be available at no cost to providers, in order to immunize children who meet the eligibility requirements.
Today there are more than 6,500 Texas providers enrolled in TVFC. Texas leads the nation in the number of uninsured and underinsured children. We also have over 3 million Texas children, 0-18 years, on Medicaid (FFY 2009). Many of these children are not receiving the complete series of immunizations required to protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases. Under the TFVC Program, the following groups of children should be receiving their vaccines for free:
uninsured or underinsured children,
children who are covered by CHIP,
children who are of Native American or Native Alaskan heritage, and