Help State in COVID Vaccine Outreach With New Grants - 01/19/2022

You can help COVID-19 vaccines – and valuable knowledge about them – reach areas of Texas with low vaccination rates, and/or statewide, by developing a proposal for the Texas Vaccine Outreach and Education Grant Program, which is accepting applications for hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding.

Texas Offers New COVID-19 Treatments After Omicron Exhausts Monoclonal Antibody Supply - 01/18/2022

As COVID-19 cases surge across the country, five regional infusion centers in Texas have exhausted their supply of sotrovimab, the only monoclonal antibody treatment effective against the omicron variant, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced Monday. But three recently authorized therapeutics are now available throughout the state and may be effective for certain COVID-19 patients.

Your Pertussis Shot Protects Newborns at Holiday Gatherings - 01/14/2022

As people plan holiday get-togethers again given eased COVID-19 restrictions, physicians urge everyone to take precautions to protect the newest family members - infants - from a different disease: pertussis. Texas Medical Association physicians urge people meeting a newborn family member this holiday season to first get vaccinated against pertussis, or whooping cough.

Low COVID Vaccination Rate Among Ages 5-11 Suggests More Vaccinators Needed - 01/11/2022

A month and a half after federal health authorities green-lit Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, state data suggest Texas parents need some convincing that the shot is right for their children. And Texas physicians say some of their colleagues need a little convincing of a different kind – namely to become vaccinators themselves.

DSHS Update: Pfizer Boosters Authorized for All Adolescents Aged 12-17 - 01/07/2022

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is highlighting recent updates to federal government recommendations for COVID-19 boosters and additional doses following the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) recent authorization for children as young as age 12 to receive boosters.

Talk to Patients About: Breakthrough Infections - 01/07/2022

The new mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 are highly effective at giving people immunity against the disease. But as with all other vaccines, that immunity is not 100% for everyone who receives them.

Keep Holidays Merry: Get Your Flu Shot Now - 12/07/2021

Seasonal flu, a frequent fall and winter visitor, didn’t make much of an appearance in 2020 with people isolating and defending themselves from germs by wearing masks and social distancing. Texas physicians say we may not be so lucky this year and, with upcoming holiday gatherings, urge everyone to get their annual influenza (flu) shot.

Avoid the Yuletide Flu Tide: Emphasize Flu Shots With Your Patients - 11/30/2021

The last influenza season may have been light, but don’t let that prompt you to take this season lightly when consulting with your patients about flu shots.

DSHS Report: COVID Vaccines Dramatically Prevent Infection and Deaths - 11/16/2021

Texas physicians have strongly encouraged patients to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and a new report from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has confirmed why that advice is sound.

Remind Families to Vaccinate Against Pertussis, Flu as Holidays Approach - 11/16/2021

As families reunite this holiday season, perhaps for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Texas Medical Association leaders say it’s time to remind them that infants need protection, too, from a public health threat that long predates the coronavirus: pertussis, or whooping cough.

Pediatric and Adolescent COVID Vaccines Are Not the Same, DSHS Cautions Vaccinators - 11/12/2021

Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine recently authorized for 5- to 11-year-olds is a different version from the drugmaker’s vaccine for adolescents and adults that comes with different storage and dosage requirements, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is cautioning pediatric vaccinators.

TMA Grants Can Help Your Practice Improve Local Vaccination Rates - 11/03/2021

Apply for a grant. Vaccines Defend What Matters (formerly Be Wise – Immunize) is TMA’s integrated, multimedia public health education and advocacy effort to overcome vaccine hesitancy and increase vaccination rates in Texas. 

CDC Recommends Pfizer COVID Pediatric Vaccine for Ages 5-11 - 11/03/2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) immunization panel and the agency’s director signed off Tuesday on recommending the Pfizer COVID-19 pediatric vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, allowing millions of children to receive their first shots against the disease.

Preorder Pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 Shots by Today - 10/20/2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is requesting that pediatric practitioners preorder the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by 5 pm CT today, in light of the Food and Drug Administration’s pending emergency use authorization of that vaccine for ages 5 to 11.

Stamping Out Disease - 10/14/2021

Stamping Out Disease

What Texas Physicians Need to Know About COVID-19 Boosters - 10/04/2021

COVID-19 booster shots are important for some groups of vaccinated people, and recent events have added to confusion about who can and should get them, and when. This article seeks to clarify some of that confusion.

A Healthy Education: Med Students Promote Vaccines, Education Across Texas - 10/04/2021

Medical students win grants to promote vaccines, education across Texas.

HHSC: COVID Vaccine Documentation Can’t Be Required for Medicaid Treatment - 09/29/2021

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is notifying practitioners who see Medicaid patients that those patients can’t be required to provide documentation of their COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of receiving services under Texas Medicaid.

Biden Vaccine Mandate Plan Mostly Excludes Small Medical Practices - 09/28/2021

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden introduced a six-point plan that mandates COVID-19 vaccines for millions of Americans. Many details of the plan are still being developed as specific regulations are written, but at least one aspect of the plan is clear: The vaccination mandate for “over 17 million health care workers at Medicare and Medicaid-participating hospitals and other health care settings,” largely does not apply to small physician practices, according to Texas Medical Association analysis.

Biden Extends Vaccine Mandate to Health Care Workers - 09/13/2021

Texas Medical Association staff are busy analyzing President Joe Biden’s latest strategy to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control, which includes vaccination requirements for health care workers in all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified facilities.

CDC Recommends Pfizer Vaccine, Says More Data Needed on Boosters - 09/08/2021

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory group has recommended use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and older after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued full approval on Aug. 23.

Fight Vaccine Hesitancy With These Physician Tips - 08/25/2021

There is plenty of opportunity for discussions around vaccine hesitancy in Texas, where only 55% of people 12 and older are fully vaccinated, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. This puts Texas below the national average of 60%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Apply by Sept. 1: Start a Vaccine Clinic with TMAF Local Impact Grant - 08/23/2021

As part of the Texas Medical Association’s Vaccines Defend What Matters campaign, the TMA Foundation offers grants of up to $3,500 to fund vaccination activities, educational resources, and community outreach events. The final round of those 2021 Local Impact Grants is now open for applications.

Effectively Counseling Patients Amid the Anti-Vaccination Movement - 08/20/2021

Even before COVID-19, Stephen Line, DO, faced vaccine hesitancy from patients when it came to the flu or other infectious diseases. Here, he talks about the technique of motivational interviewing that he used then, and that can be still used now, to help you understand your patients' fears.

Get to Know Texas’ New and Improved Immunization Tracking Service - 08/06/2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services ImmTrac2 immunization registry securely and confidentially consolidates and stores Texans’ immunization records in one place.