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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
Texas Physicians Ask Lawmakers to Fund Critical Health Services
Seven of Texas’ largest physician organizations — representing more than 48,000 physicians and medical students — today urged state House and Senate budget negotiators to “craft a cost-effective budget that addresses Texas significant health care needs.”
HPV Vaccination Helps Prevent Head and Neck Cancer
Big news: A vaccination is available to prevent cancer. The vaccine, when given to preteens, can help prevent them from contracting oropharyngeal cancer, a head-neck cancer affecting the throat and tonsils.
Medicine's Bills Pick Up Speed
With roughly six weeks to go in the Texas Legislature, lawmakers near the finish line in drafting a state budget for the next two years with significant improvements over last session that march the house of medicine closer to accomplishing its goals. With House and Senate committees in full swing as well, TMA is tracking a plethora of bills on the move that could help or hurt medicine's agenda.
ACIP Recommends 9-Valent HPV Vaccine; New App Available
In February, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended nonavalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as one of three HPV vaccines that can be used for routine vaccination in men and women. ACIP recommends routine HPV vaccination begin at age 11 or 12. The vaccination series can be started as early as age 9.
Take a Survey to Help Improve HPV Vaccination Rates in Texas
The MD Anderson Cancer Center 2015 Survey for Improving Pediatric HPV Vaccination Rates in Texas will identify barriers and facilitators to increasing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates in Texas children.
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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