Policy Change: Eligibility for Childhood Vaccines, January 2012
Babies on the Move: Protecting Babies with Vaccination
Protect Your Baby with Immunization
Vaccine Information for Parents:
Know Before You Go:
Immunizations are available for CHIP and Children’s Medicaid recipients, and for uninsured residents. (Overseas/travel immunizations are available to all county 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.
What to Bring:
- Complete immunization records
- Cards for CHIP, Children’s Medicaid, Medicare, and/or private insurance
- Cash if applicable
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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.
Click here for more information about ImmTrac, or ask our clerks to enter your child into ImmTrac the next time you bring your child in for immunizations!
Texas Vaccines for Children Program:
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.
The Denton County Health Department can provide immunizations to children 0-18 through the TVFC program as long as they meet at least one of the following criteria:
- CHIP: A child who is enrolled in the CHIP program
- Medicaid: A child who is enrolled in the Medicaid program
- Uninsured: A child who has NO health insurance coverage
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
- Underinsured (*new definition*): A child whose health insurance does not include vaccines; a child whose insurance covers only selected vaccines (TVFC-eligible for non-covered vaccines only); or a child whose insurance caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount. Once that coverage amount is reached, the child is categorized as underinsured.