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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
Reenroll in Texas Vaccines for Children Program by Feb. 12
The 2016 reenrollment period for physicians who participate in the Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) Program opened on Jan. 25. Remember: You have until Feb. 12 to complete the TVFC Provider Agreement form to remain an active participant in the program.
Vaccinate Your Adolescent Patients Against HPV
During the next year, more than 1,000 Texas women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer, and nearly 400 will die from it. During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January, TMA is offering new tools to help physicians prevent their adolescent patients from getting this cancer down the road. A continuing medical education course and an infographic on human papillomavirus (HPV), the cause of most cervical cancers, assist physicians in urging their patients to get vaccinated against HPV.
TMA Educates Doctors on Vaccine Exemptions
Texas remains one of 19 states that allows medical exemptions and conscientious objections to any required vaccines for children enrolled in school. Many state legislatures have considered or passed new laws related to exemptions, including a repeal of philosophical exemptions and a requirement for exemption data to be published.
Vaccine Can Prevent Cervical Cancer
A vaccination during adolescence can prevent cancer later in life. During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January, Texas physicians want to encourage parents to get their adolescents vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), the cause of almost all cervical cancers. Even unvaccinated older teens and young adults can benefit.
Doctor's Recommendation Key in HPV Vaccination
When it comes to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among children and adolescents, a physician's recommendation really does make a difference. That's according to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's detailed assessment, or "environmental scan," on HPV vaccination in Texas pediatric care settings.
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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