The Immunization Partnership works to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases through evidence-based public policy. Through extensive outreach, stakeholder engagement, and ongoing collaboration with immunization advocates, TIP has been instrumental in advancing immunization legislation in Texas. In addition, TIP staff serve as subject-matter experts for legislators and stakeholders, regularly providing legislative testimony and presenting to stakeholders at the local, state, and national level.
Since 2007, immunization advocates have helped pass 15 pieces of legislation to help protect Texans against vaccine-preventable diseases, including laws to:
- Boost immunization rates for adolescents
- Decrease the incidence of bacterial meningitis among college students
- Improve efficiencies for ImmTrac, the immunization registry for Texas
- Promote awareness about the dangers of pertussis (whooping cough) and influenza
- Increase immunization coverage among healthcare workers and childcare workers
- Protect the health of teen parents and their children
Since 2011, TIP has provided 32 legislative testimonies and conducted over 600 legislative visits to advocate for evidence-based immunization policy, including multiple visits made by stakeholders during TIP Legislative Day at the Capitol.
Watch the 2015 Texas Immunization Legislation Summary.