“Welcome to ImmTrac2, the Texas Immunization Registry! Our records show that your written consent form for ImmTrac2 participation was GRANTED!”
It’s your lucky day! WAIT A MINUTE — YOU DIDN’T GIVE WRITTEN CONSENT FOR IMMTRAC2 AND YOU OR YOUR CHILD WERE ADDED ANYWAY?
🤷♀️ Well, surely that couldn’t happen. The Texas Department of State Health Services website clearly says that STATE LAW REQUIRES YOUR WRITTEN CONSENT in order to add you or your minor child to the state’s registry that tracks immunization history. They wouldn’t BREAK THE LAW, right??
😡 Except they do. Over and over again, without consequence. TFVC receives several emails and messages every week from understandably irate Texas citizens who have had their personal information added to the registry either without their knowledge or IN SPITE OF having declined consent in writing. The letter pictured below was among one of the many messages we have received recently from the mother of a newborn who states she very intentionally declined consent for the baby to be added to the registry.
😡 Good thing requesting to be removed from the registry is so easy, right? WRONG AGAIN. You must download a removal request form and then MAIL OR FAX (apparently DSHS likes to party like it’s 1999) the request to the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. Links to do so will be provided at the end of this post. You might want to print out a few extra copies, because we also receive many messages of frustration from Texans all around the state who have yet to be removed despite sending multiple requests.
What information of yours could be stored in your file in the ImmTrac2 system?
– your home address
– your phone number
– your date of birth
– your gender
– your race
– your medicaid number (if applicable)
– your social security number
– your immunization history
If YOU didn’t give ImmTrac2 this information, WHO DID?
👉 Want to find out if you or your child(ren) have been added to ImmTrac2? Call DSHS Immunization Branch at (800) 252-9152.
👉 Want to have you or your child(ren) removed from ImmTrac2? Steps to do so can be found here:
👉 Check out our ImmTrac blog post from last year here: