Ensuring children stay up-to-date on immunizations and providing patients and families with trusted information on immunizations has never been more important
Immunizations are an essential tool to prevent disease and have played a crucial role in nearly eradicating many diseases. Immunizations provide a safe, effective way to protect children from disease, including some cancers, as well as hospitalization, disability, and death (AAP). AAP policy calls for the on-time, routine immunization of all children and adolescents, read more here.
- Recommended Immunization Schedules: DSHS, AAP (2021)
- Learn more about the Texas Vaccines for Children Program or learn more about enrolling in TVFC here.
- Find helpful tools, research, and courses in the AAP Immunization Newsletter (July 2021).
AAP has an Immunizations Campaign Toolkit with social media suggestions and articles for parents.
Making Vaccine Reccomendations
- Read more about communicating with families and promoting vaccine confidence, communicatively effectively about immunizations, and responding to parental concerns.
- Preparing for Questions Parents May Ask about Vaccines from the CDC provides sample questions and answers for vaccine conversations.
- Sample vaccine recommendation strategy: Making a Strong Flu Vaccine Recommendation (SHARE)
- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's "Just the Vax" Toolkit has audience-specific and vaccine-specific fact sheets and trivia games to increase access to vaccine information.
- National Foundation on Infectious Diseases has articles on how to support vaccination and promote vaccine acceptance along with the impact of strong vaccine recommendations and sharing accurate information.
- Immunization apps for healthcare professionals and patients provide access to vaccine information on your phone.
- Worksheet: Suggestions to Improve Your Immunization Services
- The CDC has several childhood immunization resources including communication tools for encouraging vaccines, a Childhood Vaccination Toolkit for Clinicians, and printable fact sheets on making vaccine recommendations for preteens and teens.
- The #HowIRecommend Vaccination Video Series from the CDC
Tools for approaching vaccine hesitancy:
Sample Letters to the Editor: Back-to-School Vaccinations
The Texas Medical Association and the Texas Pediatric Society are excited to offer ready-to-use letters to the editor that you may send to your local newspaper and publications. Feel free to pick your favorite, add your name, and send. Please send the letters as an individual pediatrician with your name and city. If you plan on using any title, please check with your practice or institution for approval. We encourage you to customize each letter with statistics from your practice or community, keeping in mind that LTE’s are usually limited to no more than 150 words maximum.
The Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization Unit launched ImmTrac2 on April 3rd. The new system replaces the previous system, ImmTrac, and provides expanded capabilities for registered ImmTrac2 users. To learn more about ImmTrac2 and what to expect, please visit the ImmTrac2 website, where many resources are available, including the Implementation Guide, User Manual, Provider Online Enrollment Manual, webinars and PowerPoint presentations, which are all available for download at the ImmTrac2 Forms and Document webpage.
The DSHS Immunization Unit is expecting to see a large call volume for the ImmTrac2 Help Desk (1-800-348-9158). Due to the large call volume, the time it takes to speak to a Help Desk support staff member may be longer than usual. It is encouraged for registered users to email the ImmTrac2 Help Desk at ImmTrac2@dshs.texas.gov as the response time may be quicker.