Because we are committed to protecting the health of your children through vaccination, HSC Health follows a procedure in regards to vaccine scheduling that applies to all pediatric patients within our practice.
HSC Health will follow the recommended vaccine schedule and guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based on years of scientific study and data gathered. We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives and we believe in the safety of our vaccines. This vaccine schedule plays an important part in our responsibility to protect our communities and families from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Procedures and expectations for the vaccine guideline are as follows:
- We encourage all patients and their caretakers to follow the CDC, AAP, and Texas Department of Health vaccine schedule with vaccines starting at the age of 2 months.
- For those behind schedule, all children must begin receiving vaccines by age 4 months and be up to date on vaccines by the age of 18 months.
- Parents or caretakers who do not agree with the UNTHSC Clinical Practice Group vaccine procedure and do not plan on immunizing their children within the time frame specified will be asked to sign a "Vaccine Refusal Form" and given a 1-month grace period to find another pediatric practice.
- Parents or caregivers who join our practice with an un-immunized or under-immunized patient must agree and initiate the "catch-up" immunization plan in accordance with the current AAP, CDC, and Texas Department of Health recommended immunization schedule.