Nueces County Medical Society Alliance Receives Vaccination Grant

Grant Awarded to CMS to Vaccinate Del Mar College Students

July 21, 2014    

First-time college students up to age 22 are required by Texas law to get a meningococcal vaccination to protect themselves and their fellow students from bacterial meningitis — a costly vaccination many students cannot afford. The Nueces County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance is taking steps to help more students get the vaccination.

The Nueces CMS Alliance received a $2,000 grant from Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program to vaccinate students entering Del Mar College in Corpus Christi in August. The alliance will provide the vaccinations in conjunction with the South Texas Family Planning Clinic and Health Corporation.

“We want to remove any barrier to college-bound students receiving their education,” said Martha Vijjeswarapu, president of the Nueces CMS Alliance. “In addition to helping these students enter college, we’re also helping protect them from a very serious illness.”

The meningococcal vaccine protects against bacterial meningitis, an often-deadly inflammation of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningococcal disease spreads from person to person through coughing and sneezing, sharing drinks or utensils, and kissing or other close contact. It spreads quickly among people who live in close quarters, such as a college dorm.

The best way to prevent meningococcal disease is to get vaccinated. College students must provide proof of having the vaccination within five years of college admission or at least 10 days before moving onto campus. 

The Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants help Texas communities provide free and low-cost vaccinations to uninsured Texans. Since 2012, 26 grants totaling more than $40,000 have been awarded to Texas communities to improve Texans’ health. Be Wise — Immunize and the Local Impact Grants are funded by the TMA Foundation (TMAF), thanks to generous support from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, and gifts from physicians and their families.

“TMA Foundation and its donors are proud to support this effort because immunizations prevent serious diseases and help us live a healthier life,” said G. Sealy Massingill, MD, TMAF president.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the association and raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine.

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Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association. 

TMA Contact:
Pam Udall (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 413-6807; email: pam.udall@texmed.org
Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear@texmed.org

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