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El Paso Physician Named TMA Health Hero - 05/22/2019

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.

Talk to Patients About: Meningococcal B - 05/20/2019

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.

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.

Talk to Your Patients About: Hepatitis B - 05/14/2019

Texas Medicine recently highlighted Hepatitis B, a viral liver infection that spreads through contact with blood and other bodily fluids. Hepatitis B has two stages: acute and chronic. The acute stage is often symptomless, making the disease easy to spread unknowingly. The acute stage normally resolves within six months. But if it becomes chronic, the condition can cause lifelong health problems like cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and liver failure.

An In-Your-Face Confrontation With the Anti-Vaccine Movement - 05/10/2019

Call it fate, karma, destiny. It was written in his stars, in his professional DNA. It had to happen. Houston pediatrician and microbiologist Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, just had to write Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism.

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.

Talk to Patients About: Hepatitis B - 04/30/2019

There are six different vaccines for hepatitis B in the United States, so there’s no shortage of tools to prevent it. Yet in 2016, more than 1,698 people in this country – and more than 780,000 worldwide – died from this viral liver infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization.

Help First Responders Stay Informed About Vaccination Status - 04/29/2019

For our first responders to be better prepared in the future, House Bill 1418 seeks to ensure emergency services personnel receive up-to-date information about their immunization status when they seek certification or recertification. First responders already can store their immunization information in Texas’ statewide immunization registry, ImmTrac2. HB 1418 would provide first responders their immunization status information from ImmTrac2 at the time of certification or recertification.

Protect First Responders by Providing Immunizations Access - 04/29/2019

An effective emergency/disaster response relies heavily on the capabilities and timeliness of our first responders. TMA supports House Bill 1256 and Representative Phelan’s efforts to make Texas ready for the next inevitable disaster. TMA looks forward to working with this committee to potentially save time, money, and lives.

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.

Don’t Punish Physicians For Practicing Patient-Centered Medicine - 04/23/2019

As a physician and a pediatrician, the first responsibility to my patients and my community is to do no harm. To carry out this responsibility, my colleagues and I must make difficult decisions about how to provide best practice care in complex situations.

Keep Kids Safe – Make School Vaccine Rates Available - 04/22/2019

Despite the availability of immunization to prevent the spread of infectious disease, pockets of under-vaccinated communities can lead to outbreaks. SB 329 empowers the public with information related to outbreaks and exemptions in their communities.

The Rise Of The Anti-Vaxxers - 04/22/2019

If you’re interested in how you can help combat the anti-vaccine movement, check out the Texas Public Health Coalition’s free, special event on Friday at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

How Do I Plan a Be Wise — Immunize Event or Clinic? - 04/17/2019

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? - 04/17/2019

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!

Talk to Patients About: Tetanus - 04/17/2019

Almost all U.S. tetanus cases occur among people who are unvaccinated or did not receive a booster shot, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

Talk to Your Patients About: Tetanus - 04/08/2019

The April issue of Texas Medicine highlights tetanus, which causes painful spasms that typically occur in jaw muscles but can wrack the entire body, and can be fatal.

Protect Yourself Against Tetanus: Bacterial Infection Attacks Muscles - 04/01/2019

The bottom line Tetanus is a serious bacterial infection. Commonly known as “lockjaw,” tetanus causes painful muscle spasms in the jaw, neck, and stomach area, as well as other serious symptoms.

What is Be Wise — Immunize? - 03/14/2019

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.

Online Anti-Vaxxers Don’t Deter Texas Physician - 03/13/2019

Frisco anesthesiologist Zach Jones, MD, doesn't let antivax Internet trolls stop him from spreading vaccination message.