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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.


Updated Booster FAQs for You and Your Patients - 11/30/2021

Shortly before Thanksgiving, federal health authorities approved booster shots for all adults either six months after their initial two-shot Pfizer or Moderna series, or two months after taking the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. And on Nov. 29, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky took it one step further, recommending boosters for all adults (using those same timetables) in light of the emerging omicron variant.


Turn It Off Today Toolkit - 11/30/2021

TMA invites Texas families to pledge to Turn It Off Today, and take break from electronic devices. 


Making the Right Call: CPAN Helps Physicians Improve Behavioral Health - 11/24/2021

IN THE 19 MONTHS since the Texas Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN) has been up and running, it’s kept any number of minor problems from becoming major ones.


Keep Holidays Merry: Get Your Flu Shot Now - 11/23/2021

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.


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.


TMA Airs Pro-Vaccine Ads During Political Conventions - 11/01/2021

“Vaccines defend what matters – our health, jobs, families.” A new Texas Medical Association (TMA) ad campaign featuring that message will air during the Democratic and Republican conventions to remind Texans of the many ways vaccinations protect us.


Texas Physicians Fighting Potential Zika Epidemic - 10/29/2021

With cases of local Zika virus transmission now being reported in Florida, Texas physicians and state officials are preparing to confront inevitable local transmission here, reports Texas Medicine magazine.


Texas Newborn Screening Fee Increase Coming in 2022 - 10/26/2021

Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, the cost of each kit in the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Texas Newborn Screening Program will go up slightly to accommodate the inclusion of spinal muscular atrophy screening, a leading genetic cause of death in infants and toddlers.


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


Texas FQHCs Receive Almost $50 Million for Modernization - 10/12/2021

The federal government will distribute nearly $50 million among 66 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in Texas as part of a nationwide infusion of funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to modernize those centers and support underserved communities.


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.


Talk to Patients About: Breakthrough Infections - 10/04/2021

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.


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.


CDC: Lightly Researched THC Compound May Lurk in CBD Products - 09/15/2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning physicians, public health departments, and others about insufficiently labeled cannabidiol (CBD) products that may contain a certain compound of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that creates the psychotropic high for marijuana users.


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.


Update: Enrollment Closes This Week For COVID-19 Antibody Response Survey - 09/10/2021

Texans between the ages of 5 and 80 can sign up to help The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in its ongoing effort to improve science’s understanding of COVID-19 through the Texas Coronavirus Antibody Response Survey (Texas CARES).


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.