• More than Ever, Flu Shots are Critical to a Healthy Texas

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    2020 has been a hard year. The COVID-19 pandemic has killed our loved ones, made many Texans sick, and upended our lives. Now we’re facing another big threat – flu season.

    Each year in the United States, the influenza (flu) virus kills or hospitalizes thousands of people and makes millions sick.

    Our physicians and other health care professionals remain busy caring for COVID-19 patients. They don’t want to start seeing lots of flu patients too. That could stretch our health care system to the breaking point. They want you to get the care you need, when you need it.

    You Have the Power
    to Prevent the Flu
  • Sign Up with DSHS Now to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

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    Nobody’s certain when the first COVID-19 vaccines will be available, but you can take important steps now to make sure you’re ready to vaccinate patients quickly once the shots arrive, state health leaders said this week.

    TMA and DSHS Urge Physicians and Medical Facilities to Enroll  
  • Education Board OKs Curriculum Standards on HPV Vaccines

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    The State Board of Education has approved health education standards that would require public schools to teach the importance of human papillomavirus vaccines beginning in seventh grade.

    HPV Vaccine Standards
    Approved by Ed Board
  • Schools Can Exclude Students with Vax Opt-Outs In an Epidemic, TMA Says

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    If school districts during an epidemic want to exclude students who have declined vaccinations for reasons of conscience, both the law and public health considerations are on their side, the Texas Medical Association has told Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

    Details About the Law and Public Health Considerations  
  • Encourage School Vaccinations with Prewritten Letters to the Editor

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    As you know, virtual and in-person classes are under way or will soon start in schools across Texas, so it’s important that students be up to date with vaccinations.

    Find Out How You Can Help  
  • Urge Texans to Get Flu Vaccine Early, Officials Say

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    With flu season on the horizon – and the COVID-19 pandemic expected to continue – Texas physicians should strongly encourage patients to receive a flu vaccination as early as possible.

    Get and Give Flu Vaccine Early  
  • Talk to Patients About: Vaccine vs. Natural Immunity

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    Vaccines are all about reducing the risk of getting a disease; anti-vaccine arguments are designed to downplay how risky those diseases can be.

    Vaccinate Your Child to Help Protect Them From Serious Illness and More  
  • Most Texans Support Mandatory Childhood Vaccinations, Poll Shows

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    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.

    Check Out the Numbers  
  • Can Practices Require Employees to Get a Flu Shot?

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    It may seem like the sensible thing to do, but no, you can’t make everyone in your practice get a flu shot.

    What If Your Employee Opts Out?  
  • Why Vaccine Opponents Think They Know More Than Medical Experts

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    One of the most contentious areas of health policy over the past two decades has been the safety of vaccination. Vaccines prevent the outbreak of diseases that used to be widespread. Yet many Americans refuse or delay the vaccination of their children out of fear that it could lead to autism, even though scientific consensus refutes this claim.

    Do Anti-Vaxxers Know More About Vaccines Than You?  
  • Do Republicans Support Strong Immunization Laws? Overwhelmingly!

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    Most Republican voters want schoolchildren to have their shots before going to school, according to a recent Texas survey.

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  • Texas is No. 1 in “Hotspots” For Vaccine Exemptions

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    Houston, Fort Worth, Plano, and Austin are among the cities in the nation with the highest number of kindergartners who have not received vaccinations because of nonmedical reasons, according to the study published this week in the journal PLOS Medicine.

    Texas’ No. 1 Vaccines Ranking Nothing to Celebrate  
  • Fund Your Vaccination Activities


    As part of this effort, TMA Foundation (TMAF) offers grants of up to $3,500 to fund vaccination activities, educational resources, and community outreach events. County medical societies, TMA Alliance chapters, medical student chapters, and TMA member-physician practices/clinics can apply.

    Apply for a Grant
  • TMA Policy on Immunizations

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    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.

    Review TMA's Policy  

    TMA is helping to strengthen your practice by offering advice and creating a climate of medical success across the state. 

  • What could a TMA membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients?

  • TMA and Texas Immunization Policy