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Texas Losing Ground in Disease-Prevention Battle, Physicians Warn - 07/17/2019

Some Texas physicians say the anti-vaccination movement is creating skepticism that could undermine the state’s ability to prevent a widespread disease outbreak. The state has fended off outbreaks in the past because a majority of Texans are vaccinated, but soaring vaccine exemptions could leave Texans vulnerable.


Talk to Patients About: Texas School Vaccinations - 07/08/2019

All Texas public schools (and most private schools) and colleges require students to have certain shots before they can attend classes.


Talk to Patients About: Diphtheria - 07/08/2019

 Diphtheria infected more than 200,000 and killed 15,000 in the U.S. in 1920, but the growing use of vaccines during that decade caused rates to drop, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. In the 1940s, the diphtheria vaccine was combined with tetanus and pertussis, and the shot became routine for children. Between 2004 and 2017, only two U.S. cases were reported, CDC says.


Talk to Your Patients About: Meningococcal B - 07/08/2019

Texas Medicine recently highlighted Meningococcal B, a bacterial infection that can affect the blood, brain, and spinal cord with lasting effects like learning difficulties, hearing loss, or limb amputation. The Meningococcal B vaccine is relatively new, having won Food and Drug Administration approval in 2014.


Talk to Patients About: Flu - 07/02/2019

Flu is serious, and the vaccine can prevent or minimize the illness.


Talk to Patients About: Rotavirus - 07/02/2019

Rotavirus is a highly contagious viral infection that inflames the lining of the stomach and intestines, and especially affects children 2 years old and younger. In the United States, the introduction of a vaccine in 2006 helped arrest rotavirus illnesses and deaths.


Talk to Patients About: Polio - 07/02/2019

Polio once terrified Americans. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the virus crippled around 35,000 Americans a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because polio often attacked abdominal muscles used to breathe, many died or permanently needed a respirator called an iron lung.


Talk to Patients About: Meningococcal B - 07/02/2019

Meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine is the new kid on the block for children and adolescents, having won Food and Drug Administration approval in 2014. This presents a problem for physicians: Because there is an older vaccine for the other types of meningococcal bacteria, many patients who’ve had that vaccine wrongly believe they’re also protected against MenB.


Defend Yourself From Diphtheria: Bacterial Infection Can Stop Breathing - 07/01/2019

Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection that affects the respiratory system and damages the heart, nerves, and kidneys. It can hinder or stop breathing, and causes fatigue, sore throat, fever, and swollen neck glands. The infection can be deadly without any medical treatment. Several immunizations are available to protect people against this disease.


Texas is No. 1 in “Hotspots” For Vaccine Exemptions - 06/27/2019

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.


El Paso Physician is 2019 Community Health Superhero - 06/19/2019

Joseph Segapeli, MD, and El Paso Pediatric Associates dipped their toes in the Texas Medical Association’s outreach programs in 2017 when they hosted a bicycle helmet giveaway for local children. Two years later, after putting on monthly community walks and an annual flu shot clinic, Dr. Segapeli and the practice were proclaimed TMA Health Heroes.


How Do I Plan a Be Wise — Immunize Event or Clinic? - 06/18/2019

TMA has the tools you need to plan, organize, and carry out an immunization clinic. Or, if you want to staff a booth at your community health fair, we have free materials to educate that vaccinations are important, safe, and effective. Plus, our free merchandise for kids and Beatrice the Bee mascot make your event more fun.


What Does Be Wise — Immunize Offer for Physicians? - 06/18/2019

Be Wise can help you implement or enhance vaccination practices in your office with our vaccination toolkits and continuing medical education courses; educate about vaccines in your office, in the media, or at public gatherings such as parent-teacher associations and civic organizations; and more!


TMA to Make Be Wise Vaccination Program Even More Effective - 06/17/2019

The Texas Medical Association is always looking for ways to improve the Be Wise – Immunize program, particularly in light of a changing vaccination landscape that includes a rise in vaccine hesitancy and a resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases. So in late 2018, TMA’s Council on Health Promotion established a workgroup to find ways to make it easier for physicians to participate in Be Wise and to reach more communities.


What is Be Wise — Immunize? - 06/04/2019

Be Wise — ImmunizeSM is a public health initiative of the Texas Medical Association. The program works with physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members to improve vaccination rates in Texas through education and hands-on immunization clinics.


Potentially Deadly Meningococcal Disease is Preventable - 06/03/2019

It travels fast and can leave its victims with permanent complications or death within a matter of hours. Meningococcal disease is serious – and preventable – according to the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Texas Medicine magazine.


El Paso Physician Named TMA Health Hero - 05/23/2019

Joseph H. Segapeli, MD, an El Paso pediatrician, was named a Health Hero Saturday by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) for his commitment to improving the health of his community. Dr. Segapeli was honored with the third annual award last week during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in Dallas.


TMA Names UTRGV Med Student Chapter of Year - 05/20/2019

DALLAS - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine on Friday received the Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section (TMA-MSS) 2018-19 Chapter of the Year Award.


TMA Foundation Elects Officers at Annual Conference - 05/16/2019

The Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) elected Houston and Austin-area physicians and a Fort Worth civic leader as its new officers to lead the foundation’s board for the next two years. They were elected on Thursday during TMA’s annual conference, TexMed, in Dallas.


Be Wise Protecting Lubbock Seniors Against Pneumonia - 05/09/2019

Would you like a side of pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine with your lunch? Senior citizens in Lubbock are getting that option, thanks to a collaboration among the Lubbock County Medical Society Alliance, the City of Lubbock Health Department, and Lubbock Meals on Wheels. The effort is funded by a Local Impact Grant from the Texas Medical Association’s Be Wise – Immunize℠ program.


Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants - 05/03/2019

Apply for a grant. TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM is accepting applications for local vaccination programs.


2018 Be Wise – Immunize Local Impact Grant Recipients - 05/03/2019

These Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants were approved in 2018


Hepatitis B Infection Can Cause Liver Damage, Cancer - 05/01/2019

The bottom line: Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection that can be short-term or long-term. Some people can die from it or suffer other serious diseases like cancer, while others experience no symptoms. People can become infected through sexual contact, by sharing needles, or from an infected mother passing it to her baby at birth.


Outreach 101: TMA Programs Help You Give Back - 04/26/2019

Whether you’re an outreach newbie or a seasoned veteran, discover TMA’s ready-made, outreach programs at the TMA Outreach Programs meeting Friday, May 17, during TexMed 2019 in Dallas. The meeting will be from 2 pm to 3 pm in the Westcott Room on the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole.


TMA Grant Helps Austinites Prevent Whooping Cough - 04/10/2019

Austinites in a medically underserved area will receive vaccinations to prevent whooping cough and tetanus, thanks to a grant from the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise – Immunize℠ program.