New Poster Encourages Flu Vaccination Amid COVID-19 - 09/24/2020

“COVID-19 is here, but so is the flu.” That is the message of a new downloadable poster available from the Texas Medical Association’s Be Wise – Immunize program to help you stress the need for flu vaccination, this year more than ever.

Continue to Watch for Coronavirus, Health Officials Say - 02/03/2020

Although no cases of the new coronavirus that originated in China have been confirmed in Texas, physicians are urged to use precaution with patients who have a fever and/or symptoms of lower respiratory illness, U.S. health officials said Friday.

Nine Pediatric Deaths Reported as Flu Season Continues - 01/23/2020

Nine children in Texas have died of flu-related illness since the season started at the end of September, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said last week.

Flu Season Continues; CDC Offers Free CME on Vaccines - 11/26/2019

If you’re looking for more ways to help prevent and control the spread of seasonal flu by using vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has teamed up with Medscape to offer free CME on the latest vaccine recommendations.

Above-Average Flu Activity Throughout Texas; One Pediatric Death Reported - 11/18/2019

Confirmed and possible cases of flu and flu-like illnesses have risen significantly across Texas in recent weeks, state health officials said, with one death reported – a 5-year-old who lived in the Rio Grande Valley.

Here’s What Medicare Pays for Flu Shots This Season - 10/04/2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently published 2019-20 payment rates for personal flu vaccines and their administration. The effective dates for these rates are Aug. 1, 2019, to July 31, 2020.

Help Patients Be Wise About Flu Shots - 09/24/2019

Influenza has been particularly memorable during the past two seasons. The 2018-19 season was the longest in a decade, lasting 21 weeks, while 2017-18 saw a record 186 pediatric flu-related deaths, including 17 in Texas. As we begin another flu season, the Texas Medical Association’s Be Wise – Immunize program offers tools to help you make this one unremarkable.

Do You Speak Effectively About Flu Vaccines? - 11/30/2018

You know that your patients should get an influenza vaccine every year. But do you know how to speak to them about why? If you’re shaking your head at this point (or even if you’re not really sure), register now for the upcoming webinar: Communicating the Benefits of Seasonal Influenza in Texas.

New FDA-Approved Flu Drug Has Roots in Texas - 10/25/2018

The science behind what makes a new flu drug work has roots right here in Texas, particularly The University of Texas at Austin (UT).

Last Flu Season Was Even Worse Than We Thought - 10/19/2018

In Texas, more than 11,000 people died from flu and its complications during the 2017-18 flu season, including 16 children, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said.    

Lessons From 1918’s Deadly Flu Outbreak - 10/12/2018

Is it possible for the world to experience another catastrophe like the 1918 flu influenza outbreak? That is the question to be explored during a presentation Wednesday at the Department of State Health Services headquarters in Austin.

Doctors Say Vaccinations Key to Preventing a Deadly Flu Season - 10/02/2018

Look out: Here comes flu season. Even though the flu is an annual occurrence, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) branded the 2017-18 flu season as one of the worst in recent years.

Stop Flu — Host a Shot Clinic With TMA’s Help - 08/17/2018

To change the trajectory of the upcoming flu season, the Texas Medical Association invites physicians to host a Be Wise — ImmunizeSM  flu shot clinic in October, and also urge patients to get vaccinated early.

Infectious Diseases and Requirements for Reporting - 04/26/2018

TMA provides resources for physicians on infectious diseases.

State Changes Immunization Policies - 04/26/2018

Children with private insurance that covers vaccines can no longer get routine vaccinations at public health clinics and are now referred to their medical home under new immunization policies the Texas Department of State Health Services implemented Jan. 1.

Get a Flu Shot: Protect Your Patients, Yourself and Family - 04/26/2018

Influenza-related illness can be severe. Between 1976 and 2006, annual deaths associated with the flu ranged from 3,000 to 49,000 people.  As a physician leader, consider the valuable steps you can take to prevent influenza in your community. This includes getting an annual flu shot, which is recognized as the single most effective influenza prevention strategy. You also can encourage your colleagues and staff to get vaccinated.

Educate Your Patients on Flu Vaccination - 04/26/2018

Today is annual Influenza Awareness Day in Texas. The day, designated by the Texas Legislature in 2013, raises public awareness of the health risks associated with influenza and encourages Texans to reduce these risks. One of the safest, most effective ways to reduce transmission of flu is to receive annual flu vaccination, universally recommended for anyone aged 6 months and older.

Vaccinating During 2011-12 Flu Season - 04/26/2018

Vaccination against influenza should begin as soon as physicians receive the flu vaccine in their offices, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And once again, CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone older than 6 months.

Be a Better Vaccination Advocate - 04/26/2018

There’s a lot to learn and to understand about immunizations so if you want to become more involved, sign up for an Immunization Stakeholder Meeting near you in the coming months.

Help Your Patients Choose the Right Flu Vaccine - 04/20/2018

It's Oct. 1, Influenza Awareness Day — a perfect time to talk with your patients about getting their flu vaccination this year. An annual flu shot is recommended for anyone six months of age and up.

Flu Shots Protect More Than Just You - 04/20/2018

A new study says when younger adults get vaccinated, older people suffer fewer cases of flu and its potentially life-threatening complications. Texas Medical Association (TMA) physicians urge Texas adults to get vaccinated now to protect yourself and those around you.

Men: Pay Attention to Your Health - 04/20/2018

During Men’s Health Week (June 13-19), the physicians of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) want to remind men to make their health a priority — for themselves and their families. After all, doctors say, keeping healthy has its rewards: avoiding chronic disease and allowing more quality time with friends and family.

Plan a Be Wise — Immunize Flu Clinic in October - 04/20/2018

One in five Texans will get the flu this year. TMA's Be Wise — Immunize program encourages physicians to sponsor a flu clinic in October, in conjunction with Influenza Awareness Day on Oct. 1.

Texas Flu Cases Decline, But Continue to be Widespread - 02/15/2018

The number of new flu cases declined slightly in early February, but state health officials say it remains to be seen whether flu has peaked this season in Texas.

New Vaccination Recommendations — Just in Time for Flu Season - 09/18/2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has come out with its 2017-18 influenza vaccination recommendations.