Immunizations

Influenza (flu)

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It is often spread by tiny droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Symptoms start suddenly and can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue (very tired), and young children may vomit or have diarrhea.

With the ongoing spread of COVID it is more important than ever to get your Flu shot. The most effective way to prevent the flu is through vaccination. If your child has not been vaccinated against the flu, it is very important that you contact your health care provider, go to one of campus-based flu clinics, or take advantage of the many area clinics that offer free or minimal cost flu vaccines.

Enrollment Center Clinic

720 Stadium Drive
972-494-8538
Call for an appointment.  We are also offering two flu-specific clinics on Nov. 11 and Nov. 14.
*** Free for uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid, American Indian/Native American or Alaskan Native

The Doctor Spot

Freeman Elementary: Mondays 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Southgate Elementary: Thursdays 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
***Free for uninsured or Medicaid eligible

Parkland at Eastfield College

3737 Motley Dr, Mesquite, TX 75150 (enter off of La Prada)
972-860-7190
Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Parkland Hospital is offering free drive-up flu shots and COVID-19 testing for Dallas County residents. Please bring your ID. 

The Garland Health Department

206 Carver Street, Garland, TX 75040
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., no appointment needed
Cost: $14/ one vaccine, $25/ two vaccines, $30/ three or more vaccines 
CHIP: Copay as per Dr. Visit, Medicaid: Free
Accepts private insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield, United, Cigna, or Humana for instructions, questions, or concerns.

By law, the district must have an immunization record for each student on file. These records should be up-to-date at the time of registration. Records must show the month, day and year of each dose of vaccine and must be validated by a physician’s signature or a public health clinic card.  Children entering Garland ISD for the first time must present written verification of the required immunizations at the time of enrollment. 

Immunization clinics

Required immunizations

Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTP/DTaP/DT/Td/TdaP)

Minimum of four (4) doses for ages 15 months through four (4) years.  Minimum of four (4) doses for ages five (5) and six (6) years with at least one dose since 4th birthday.  Minimum of three (3) doses for ages seven (7) years and older with one dose since 4th birthday.  Upon entry into 7th grade, students will be required to have 1 booster dose of a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis containing vaccine (Tdap) if at least 5 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine.  Students in grades 8-12 are required to have 1 booster dose of a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis-containing vaccine (Tdap) 10 years after the last tetanus/diphtheria dose.  TD is acceptable in place of Tdap if a medical contraindication to pertussis exists.

Polio (IPV, OPV)

Minimum of three (3) doses with at least one (1) dose received since 4th birthday. Not required for persons 18 years of age or older.

Measles (Red, Rubeola)

Two (2) doses of vaccine on or after first birthday. The two (2) doses of vaccine must have been received at least 28 days apart.

Rubella (3-day German Measles)

Two (2) doses of vaccine on or after first birthday for students in grades KN-9. The two (2) doses of vaccine must have been received at least 28 days apart.  One (1) dose of vaccine on or after first birthday for EC, PPCD, PK, and grades 10-12.

Mumps

Two (2) doses of vaccine on or after first birthday for students in grades KN-9. The two (2) doses of vaccine must have been received at least 28 days apart.  One (1) dose of vaccine on or after first birthday for EC, PPCD, PK, and grades 10-12.

Haemophilus Influenzae Type B

One (1) dose of vaccine on or after 15 months of age or two (2) doses on or after 12 months of age or  three (3) doses with 1 on or after 12 months through age 4. History of disease after second birthday must be verified by a signed physician’s statement.

Hepatitis B

Three (3) doses of vaccine for students in grades PPCD-12.

Chicken Pox (Varicella)

Two (2) doses of vaccine on or after first birthday for students in grades KN-12.  The two doses should be at least 28 days apart.  One dose of vaccine on or after first birthday for EC, PPCD, and PK. History of disease accepted with signed physician statement or signed parent validation form.

Hepatitis A

Two (2) doses of vaccine on or after first birthday and six (6) months apart for students in grades EC, PPCD, PK, grades KN-11.

Pneumococcal (Prevnar, PCV13)

One (1) dose of vaccine on or after second birthday, or two (2) doses of vaccine on or after first birthday, or four (4) doses of vaccine in infancy with one (1) after first birthday for students through age 4.

Meningococcal (Menactra, MCV4)

One (1) dose for students in grades 7-12.

Recommended Immunizations

Yearly influenza vaccine

Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (TdaP)

Students in grades 8-12 are recommended to have 1 booster dose of a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis-containing vaccine (Tdap) 5 years after the last tetanus/diphtheria dose.  TD is acceptable in place of Tdap if a medical contraindication to pertussis exists.

Rubella (3-day German Measles)

Two (2) doses of vaccine on or after first birthday for grades 11-12. The two (2) doses of vaccine must have been received at least 28 days apart. 

Mumps

Two (2) doses of vaccine on or after first birthday for grades 11-12. The two (2) doses of vaccine must have been received at least 28 days apart. 

Hepatitis A

Two (2) doses of vaccine on or after first birthday and six (6) months apart for students in grades 12.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Three (3) doses for ages 9 and up.

Immunization exemptions

The State of Texas does allow for exemptions to the immunization requirements based on medical need or reason of conscience; however, both types of exemptions required proper documentation. Visit the Texas Department of State Health Services school immunization page for more information about immunization exemptions.