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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
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).
Celebrate Grandparenting: Stay Healthy by Vaccinating
Grandparents are an important part of children’s lives. Even before grandbabies are born, grandparents can help protect them from disease by getting themselves vaccinated. For Grandparents Day on Sept. 13, Texas Medical Association (TMA) physicians urge grandparents to make sure their shots are up to date.
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.
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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