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Improve Vaccination Rates to Control Infectious Diseases
Vaccinations are one of the safest and most cost-effective ways to prevent infectious diseases. While Texas has worked to vaccinate more young children, coverage rates for this age group are not improving in Texas or the United States. In fact, overall rates may actually be declining. Much of this is due to parental decisions not to vaccinate their children, exposing entire communities to potential outbreaks.
The Latest In Immunization News
Local Physician Invites Community to “Walk With a Doc”
Tyler residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join local physician Li-Yu Mitchell, MD, Smith County Medical Society, and FitCity for Tyler’s final FREE weekly Walk With a Doc Texas event of the spring-summer season.
Dad’s Vaccination Helps Protect Baby From Whooping Cough
As we honor dads this Father’s Day, the physicians of Texas Medical Association (TMA) urge dads- and grandfathers-to-be to get vaccinated, before baby arrives.
Revised Student Vaccine Requirements Available
The revised 2015-2016 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grade K-12 is now available from the Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization Branch. School administrators, health personnel, and parents will receive letters regarding the revised immunization requirements, which play a vital role in maintaining the health and well-being of Texas students.
TMA's 2015 Legislative Victories Build on Past Successes
In a 2015 legislative session marked by new state leadership, new money, and big shifts in how Texas' major health care agencies oversee care delivery, the house of medicine remained as steady as ever in its mission to ensure physicians can give their patients the best care possible. That resolve paid off in significant victories that largely build on the Texas Medical Association's 2013 legislative successes.
Protect Your Community: Apply for a TMA Vaccination Grant
Help protect your community from flu, whooping cough, or other vaccine-preventable diseases with a TMA Be Wise — Immunize event. To encourage local vaccination events, TMA offers grants of up to $2,500 to TMA members, county medical societies, TMA Alliance chapters, and medical student chapters. Grant applications are due July 1.
Health Care Worker Vaccination
New legislation requires each health care facility that is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services, to have a policy that identifies the requirements for vaccination for each employee or anyone that comes into contact with patients in their facility.
TMA physicians have identified pertussis as a public health concern in Texas. Reports of pertussis cases continue to come in from throughout the state. Many physicians promote the tdap booster in their office, as the protection against pertussis from childhood vaccination can wane after five to 10 years.
The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention continues to recommend an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. CDC encourages you to offer flu vaccine to any patient at any opportunity. Your recommendation can play a crucial role in your patient’s decision to get vaccinated.
Meningitis is a rare but deadly disease that can strike without warning. Vaccination is crucial to protecting adolescents and other vulnerable populations.
TMA Advocacy and Communications
TMA Advocacy and Communications
Don't Toss 18 Year-Olds' Valuable Shot Records
(House Bill 2171, March 24, 2015)
Support Better Reporting of Disease Outbreaks, Vaccine Exemptions
(House Bill 2474, March 24, 2015)
Make State Immunization Registry Opt Out
(House Bill 465, March 3, 2015)
The Truth About Shots: Physicians Play Key Role in Educating Patients
, Jan. 2014)
Get Grants for Vaccine Events
, Jan. 4, 2013)
Feds to TMA: You Were Right About the Flu Finder, and We'll Fix It
(Sept. 11, 2012)
Sign Up 18-Year-Olds for Immtrac
Texas College Students' First Mandatory Test: Get Meningitis Vaccine
2014 Child, Adolescent & "Catch-up" Immunization Schedules: Details for Health Care Professionals
These schedules summarize the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for routine vaccines for children ages 18 years and younger.
2014 Adult Immunization Schedule: Details for Health Care Professionals
Each year ACIP reviews the recommended adult (anyone over 18 years old) immunization schedule to ensure that the schedule reflects current recommendations for the licensed vaccines.
Texas Vaccination Requirements
This chart summarizes the 2010-2011 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K-12.
Information for Health Care Professionals - DSHS
ImmTrac, the Texas immunization registry, is an important component of Texas' strategy to improve vaccine coverage rates.
Vaccine Safety (AAP)
Expert answers to parents’ top vaccine safety questions.
TMA Policy on Immunizations
TMA supports efforts to increase immunization rates in Texas, including improve the state’s current immunization tracking system, ImmTrac; improving immunization education efforts for providers and parents; addressing public and private vaccine financing issues; and addressing vaccine shortages.
TMA's Be Wise-Immunize Program
Vaccines for Children Program (CDC)
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
Vaccine Information Statements (CDC)
Traveler’s Health (CDC)
American Academy of Pediatrics: Immunization
The Group on Immunization Education of the Society of Teachers of Family Physicians
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