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    Help Your Patients Prevent Zika Virus Transmission

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    To help prevent the spread of Zika virus in Texas, DSHS has developed flyers and door hangers (available in English and Spanish) you can use in your office to educate your patients on protecting themselves from the disease. DSHS is testing for Zika virus at its public health lab in Austin. CDC encourages Texas physicians to report suspected Zika virus cases to DSHS. 

    More on the Zika Virus
  • DSHS Prioritizes Pregnant Women During Drug Shortage

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    Due to a critical shortage of Bicillin-LA (benzathine penicillin G), DSHS is prioritizing use of the drug in pregnant women infected with or exposed to syphilis within the past 90 days. DSHS is also allowing use of the drug to complete treatment in other patients who already have initiated the treatment series.

    How to Find the New Medication  
  • Don't Curb Your Enthusiasm

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    Health Commissioner says fervor of medical community important in tackling public health issues.


    Meet John Hellerstedt, MD, DSHS Commissioner  
  • HPV Vaccination Trims Infection Rate; Could Prevent Cancer

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    A new study shows a vaccination is helping children and young women avoid a common cancer-causing virus. The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, when given to preteens and young adults, can help prevent them from getting cancer years later.

    More on Cancer Prevention  
  • Prevent Primary Liver Cancer

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    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is on the rise, making early screening crucial and potentially lifesaving.

    More on What Physicians Can Do