• Improving the Health of All Texans

    • A True Antidote

      Naloxone Prescription Law Gives More People a Chance to Save a Life

      A new law allows physicians to prescribe an opioid antagonist to a person in danger of an opioid-related overdose or to anyone who can help the opioid user.

  • Standing up for Public Health

    • CDC Data Show Decrease in Some Vaccines for Young Texans
      Coverage of young children aged 19 months to 35 months receiving the recommended vaccine series in Texas fell to 64 percent in 2014, down from 72.5 percent in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    • Help Your Patients Choose the Right Flu Vaccine
      It's Oct. 1, Influenza Awareness Day — a perfect time to talk with your patients about getting their flu vaccination this year. An annual flu shot is recommended for anyone six months of age and up.
    • Fist-Bump Your Doctor During Cold and Flu Season
      Looking for a way to greet your patients but limit the spread of cold and flu? Citing a study published in American Journal of Infection Control, TMA member Jason Marchetti, MD, has your answer!
    • DSHS, CDC Urge Vigilance for Cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis
      From August to October 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received an increased number of reports of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) among children. Since then, CDC has continued to receive sporadic reports of the illness. The apparent increase in AFM cases in 2014 coincided with a national outbreak of severe respiratory illness among children caused by enterovirus-D68, which resulted in an increased number of children hospitalized.
    • Texas Immunization Conference Coming Nov. 18-20
      Learn some strategies to improve immunization rates across Texas at the 2015 Texas Immunization Conference, which will take place Nov. 18-20 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. The theme is Promoting a Healthy Texas: Communicate, Educate, and Vaccinate. A discounted early bird registration fee is available until Sept. 15. Regular registration ends Oct. 31.
    • Fight the Flu With Tools From TMA
      Flu season is just around the corner, and TMA's Be Wise — Immunize has tools you can use to protect yourself, your staff, and your patients.
    • CDC Changes 2015-16 Flu Vaccine Recommendations
      Among the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' recommendations for the 2015-16 influenza season are changes to the composition of the vaccines and revised recommendations for children. What hasn't changed is the recommendation for a routine annual vaccination for everyone aged 6 months and older who does not have contraindications.
    • Shooting for Safety
      Austin Regional Clinic announced in June that it would no longer accept new pediatric patients whose parents or guardians don't permit vaccinations. The new policy aims to protect the clinic's most vulnerable patients, such as infants who aren't fully vaccinated, seniors, those who have compromised immune systems, and pregnant women. An exception is included for patients who have adverse reactions to vaccines or severely compromised immune systems.
  • Addressing Pollution from Legacy Coal Power Plants in Texas

    This June 2013 report examines retrofitting Big Brown, Martin Lake, and Monticello coal-fired facilities with modern emission controls or retiring the plants and replacing them with cleaner alternative energy sources. Prepared by Daniel Cohan, PhD, assistant professor of environmental engineering at Rice University, Addressing Pollution targets these three 1970s-era legacy coal-fired power plants because they are "the leading emitters of air pollutants and greenhouse gases in Texas." And they heavily contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone and particulate matter, a mixture of substances including carbon-based particles, dust, and acid aerosols formed in the atmosphere by volatile organic compounds, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides.

    The report explores four options that "could foster the ability of electricity providers to offset any loss of generating capacity from the legacy coal-fired power plants, while enhancing air quality and minimizing costs to ratepayers."

  • Texas Public Health Stats

    • Immunizations

      There is a greater risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in communities with low immunization rates. Vaccine preventable diseases will increase if Texas cuts immunization funding.
    • Obesity

      "F as in 'Fat'" Ranks Texas the 13th most-obese state in the country. Healthy eating starts in childhood.
    • Smoking

      Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the state. More than 24,000 Texans die each year from tobacco-related illnesses. Join with TMA to make Texas smoke-free.
    • Mental Health Funding

      More than 4.3 million Texans, including 1.2 million children, live with some form of mental health disorder. Of these, 1.5 million cannot function at work, school, or in the community due to their illness.