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“This is a good time to beat the back-to-school rush to meet elementary and middle-school immunization requirements,” says Debra Luben, M.D., F.A.A.P., a board-certified Pediatrics physician at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

Dr. Luben summarizes requirements for public and private schools.


  • Routine shots should be up to date, including DTaP, polio and two types of meningitis vaccines. Also, two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine; two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine; and two doses of the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or a written statement attesting to the child’s positive history of the disease.   

7th graders:

  • Two doses of the chickenpox vaccine or a written statement attesting to the child’s positive history of the disease; one dose of the meningitis vaccine for any child who will be 11 or 12 by the start of the next semester; one dose of the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine; and a Tdap booster if five years have passed since their last tetanus-containing vaccine.

Dr. Luben also recommends the seasonal flu vaccine for youngsters between 6 months and 18 years, especially those with asthma, diabetes or other chronic conditions that could increase their risk of flu-related complications.

“Be sure your child or teen is current with their immunizations and vaccinations – it’s one of their best defenses against contagious diseases. And be advised that state law requires college-bound students under 30 in Texas to show proof of being vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis before being allowed to enroll,” concludes Dr. Luben.

For appointments, call our 24-hour Contact Center at 713-442-KIDS (5437).


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Debra Luben, MD, FAAP

​I enjoy having ongoing two-way communication with my patients and their families. I have not done my job well if parents still have questions or concerns at the end of an office visit.