Texans generally don’t turn out to vote all that well for elections in odd-numbered years. In fact, less than 6% of registered voters made it to the polls in 2017. In Texas those elections are usually constitutional amendment referendums.
Texas health officials are investigating 21 possible cases of severe lung disease in teens and preteens who used e-cigarettes or vaping products. Six cases are consistent with symptoms and substance use in other states, officials with the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a news update Wednesday. The rest are under investigation.
As measles cases continue to rise in Texas and across the U.S., the Texas Medical Association and Texas Hospital Association have created a document to help physicians and other health care professionals combat the highly contagious respiratory illness.
Migrant parents and children housed in Texas detention centers must have access to basic necessities, including sufficient food, clean water, clean beds, and health and educational services. That is the message of a letter sent last week to state leaders and Texas lawmakers from several organizations, including the Texas Medical Association.
Summer hasn’t started yet – that happens June 21 – but several cases of vector-borne diseases have been identified in Texas. Four cases each of chikungunya and dengue have been reported in Dallas, Fort Bend, Harris, Lubbock, Tarrant, and Travis counties, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said this week.
Physicians: TMA has new tools to help you talk to your patients about the realities of diseases preventable by childhood and adult vaccinations. Each month’s installment features a different vaccine-preventable disease.
Although an anti-vaccine movement has continued to grow in Texas, the vast majority of voters support requiring vaccinations for Texas children, results from a poll released this week show. This is the third public opinion survey with very similar findings to be released in Texas in the past nine months.
Texas physicians should be on the lookout for mumps as health officials investigate multiple cases of the infectious disease in immigration centers throughout the state.
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