Immunization

CDC Signs Off on COVID Booster for Ages 5-11 - 05/20/2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s immunization advisory committee has approved Pfizer COVID-19 booster doses for children aged 5 to 11.


Grant Applications Once Again Open to Help Promote Vaccines - 05/17/2022

In the face of persistent vaccine hesitancy, more than ever, medicine needs its soldiers to promote the safety, efficacy, and importance of vaccinations. You can receive help with a grant from the Texas Medical Association Foundation as part of Vaccines Defend What Matters, TMA’s multimedia public health education and advocacy effort to increase vaccination rates in Texas.


Vaccine Equity Gains: COVID-19 Vaccine Rate Disparities Narrow Amid Physician-Led Outreach - 05/13/2022

When the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in mid-December 2020, many physicians, advocates, and community leaders worried the health disparities laid bare by the pandemic would repeat themselves.  But improved data collection and innovative outreach efforts – many of them led by Texas physicians and medical students – have helped close these gaps.


Talk to Patients About: Should I Get Vaccinated if I’ve Had COVID-19? - 05/01/2022

There is a lot of misinformation about vaccines, so each month Texas Medicine highlights common concerns that patients raise about immunizations. This material is designed to help you talk to your patients and help them understand the benefits of vaccines. Find


Talk to Patients About: Natural Immunity vs. Vaccine Immunity for COVID-19 - 05/01/2022

Catching COVID-19 can provide people with a degree of immunity from being reinfected with the disease in the future. This prompts some to opt against vaccination and instead risk getting sick to obtain this “natural immunity” on the assumption they will get a mild case and it will protect them from future illness.


Mandatory Monthly COVID Vaccine Inventory Reporting Starts in May - 04/22/2022

Beginning in May, COVID-19 vaccinators will be required to make monthly reports of their vaccine inventory by the fifth of each month, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has told Texas Medicine Today.


A Healthy Education: Med Students Promote Vaccines, Education Across Texas - 04/07/2022

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


Make Sure Your COVID Vaccine Temp Calibration Is Current - 04/05/2022

All COVID-19 vaccinators must have proper storage unit temperature-monitoring equipment to keep their vaccine supplies viable – including current certificates of temperature calibration – or they won’t get their vaccine orders, the Texas Department of State Health Services has announced.


FDA Delays Consideration of Vaccine for Kids Under 5 - 04/05/2022

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) review of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 6 months through 4 years has been delayed to allow the agency to consider a potential third dose for that age group.


TMA Ask the Expert: Employee Vaccinations - 04/05/2022

Physician employers may feel caught between a rock and a hard place while trying to navigate employee vaccination policies. Federal emergency regulations continue to face court challenges, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order in October 2021 that contradicts federal guidelines.


Apply for a Grant to Help Promote Vaccines - 04/05/2022

More than ever, medicine needs its soldiers to promote the safety, efficacy, and importance of vaccines.


Help State in COVID Vaccine Outreach With New Grants - 04/05/2022

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 - 04/05/2022

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.


DSHS Update: Pfizer Boosters Authorized for All Adolescents Aged 12-17 - 04/05/2022

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.


Low COVID Vaccination Rate Among Ages 5-11 Suggests More Vaccinators Needed - 04/05/2022

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.


Talk to Patients About: Natural Immunity vs. Vaccine Immunity for COVID-19 - 03/08/2022

Catching COVID-19 can provide people with a degree of immunity from being reinfected with the disease in the future. This prompts some to opt against vaccination and instead risk getting sick to obtain this “natural immunity” on the assumption they will get a mild case, and it will protect them from future illness.


TMA Grants to Help Your Practice Improve Local Vaccination Rates - 02/01/2022

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. 


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.


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.


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.