Influenza

Do You Speak Effectively About Flu Vaccines? - 11/30/2018

You know that your patients should get an influenza vaccine every year. But do you know how to speak to them about why? If you’re shaking your head at this point (or even if you’re not really sure), register now for the upcoming webinar: Communicating the Benefits of Seasonal Influenza in Texas.


New FDA-Approved Flu Drug Has Roots in Texas - 10/25/2018

The science behind what makes a new flu drug work has roots right here in Texas, particularly The University of Texas at Austin (UT).


Last Flu Season Was Even Worse Than We Thought - 10/19/2018

In Texas, more than 11,000 people died from flu and its complications during the 2017-18 flu season, including 16 children, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said.    


Lessons From 1918’s Deadly Flu Outbreak - 10/12/2018

Is it possible for the world to experience another catastrophe like the 1918 flu influenza outbreak? That is the question to be explored during a presentation Wednesday at the Department of State Health Services headquarters in Austin.


Doctors Say Vaccinations Key to Preventing a Deadly Flu Season - 10/02/2018

Look out: Here comes flu season. Even though the flu is an annual occurrence, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) branded the 2017-18 flu season as one of the worst in recent years.


Stop Flu — Host a Shot Clinic With TMA’s Help - 08/17/2018

To change the trajectory of the upcoming flu season, the Texas Medical Association invites physicians to host a Be Wise — ImmunizeSM  flu shot clinic in October, and also urge patients to get vaccinated early.


Infectious Diseases and Requirements for Reporting - 04/26/2018

TMA provides resources for physicians on infectious diseases.


State Changes Immunization Policies - 04/26/2018

Children with private insurance that covers vaccines can no longer get routine vaccinations at public health clinics and are now referred to their medical home under new immunization policies the Texas Department of State Health Services implemented Jan. 1.


Get a Flu Shot: Protect Your Patients, Yourself and Family - 04/26/2018

Influenza-related illness can be severe. Between 1976 and 2006, annual deaths associated with the flu ranged from 3,000 to 49,000 people.  As a physician leader, consider the valuable steps you can take to prevent influenza in your community. This includes getting an annual flu shot, which is recognized as the single most effective influenza prevention strategy. You also can encourage your colleagues and staff to get vaccinated.


Educate Your Patients on Flu Vaccination - 04/26/2018

Today is annual Influenza Awareness Day in Texas. The day, designated by the Texas Legislature in 2013, raises public awareness of the health risks associated with influenza and encourages Texans to reduce these risks. One of the safest, most effective ways to reduce transmission of flu is to receive annual flu vaccination, universally recommended for anyone aged 6 months and older.


Vaccinating During 2011-12 Flu Season - 04/26/2018

Vaccination against influenza should begin as soon as physicians receive the flu vaccine in their offices, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And once again, CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone older than 6 months.


Be a Better Vaccination Advocate - 04/26/2018

There’s a lot to learn and to understand about immunizations so if you want to become more involved, sign up for an Immunization Stakeholder Meeting near you in the coming months.


Help Your Patients Choose the Right Flu Vaccine - 04/20/2018

It's Oct. 1, Influenza Awareness Day — a perfect time to talk with your patients about getting their flu vaccination this year. An annual flu shot is recommended for anyone six months of age and up.


Flu Shots Protect More Than Just You - 04/20/2018

A new study says when younger adults get vaccinated, older people suffer fewer cases of flu and its potentially life-threatening complications. Texas Medical Association (TMA) physicians urge Texas adults to get vaccinated now to protect yourself and those around you.


Men: Pay Attention to Your Health - 04/20/2018

During Men’s Health Week (June 13-19), the physicians of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) want to remind men to make their health a priority — for themselves and their families. After all, doctors say, keeping healthy has its rewards: avoiding chronic disease and allowing more quality time with friends and family.


Plan a Be Wise — Immunize Flu Clinic in October - 04/20/2018

One in five Texans will get the flu this year. TMA's Be Wise — Immunize program encourages physicians to sponsor a flu clinic in October, in conjunction with Influenza Awareness Day on Oct. 1.


Texas Flu Cases Decline, But Continue to be Widespread - 02/15/2018

The number of new flu cases declined slightly in early February, but state health officials say it remains to be seen whether flu has peaked this season in Texas.


New Vaccination Recommendations — Just in Time for Flu Season - 09/18/2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has come out with its 2017-18 influenza vaccination recommendations.


Physicians Urge Senators to Fund Public Health Priorities - 01/31/2017

As you review the DSHS’ request for funding for 2018-19, we offer our assistance and will continue to encourage you to support our public health system and workforce, and our capacity to respond to old and new public health threats and concerns. We are especially pleased that you and DSHS recognize that physicians are on the front lines on a daily basis and in emergencies. We will continue to advocate for a robust public health system that can work with medicine to prevent disease and respond as our state continues to grow in size and diversity. We urge you to reverse decisions that reduce the state’s public health funding.


TMA Flu Fighters Offer Guidance On Infection Control - 06/17/2016

As a physician, you can take critical steps to reduce the risk of transmitting flu within your work facilities. Infections associated with health care settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician offices, and emergency departments are more common when flu is circulating in the community.


Texas Health Department Issues Influenza Warning - 06/17/2016

With influenza "now widespread" across Texas, the Department of State Health Services has issued flu testing and treatment guidance for Texas physicians. More than 80 percent of the confirmed cases have been of the H1N1 subtype.


Influenza Season 2014-15 - 06/17/2016

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


Flu Fighters: Guidelines for Antiviral Treatment of Flu Patients - 06/17/2016

Flu Fighters 2013-14: Antiviral treatment can shorten the duration of symptoms and may reduce risk of complications from influenza, including those resulting in hospitalization and death.


CDC Issues Severe Influenza Illness Health Advisory - 06/17/2016

Influenza is spreading across the nation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) severe influenza illness health advisory has an urgent message for physicians.