New Be Wise — Immunize Toolkits Available

TMA's Be Wise — Immunize program offers two toolkits to help physicians provide the best vaccination care to their young and adolescent patients. TMA recently updated the  Physician Manual for Children  [PDF] and the  Physician Manual for Adolescents [PDF]. Both toolkits are free for TMA members.

"Think of these as playbooks for physician quarterbacks leading their clinic teams in 'a red zone' offense against vaccine-preventable diseases," said Edward J. Sherwood, MD, of Round Rock, an infectious disease specialist and member of TMA's Be Wise — Immunize physician advisory panel.  

The comprehensive immunization toolkits contain manuals for physicians and educational materials for patients. The physician manuals highlight:   

  • Best practices for improving vaccination rates;  
  • Talking to parents about vaccinations (including safety and importance);  
  • How to use ImmTrac (the Texas Immunization Registry); and 
  • Free fact sheets, office posters, and other patient education materials. 

To order the toolkits, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA's outreach coordinator, at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470, or (512) 370-1470, or email the TMA Outreach Coordinator 

TMA physicians launched Be Wise — Immunize in 2004 to boost Texas' immunization rates. To date, the program has administered more than 199,000 shots to Texas children. 

Be Wise — Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians and the TMA Alliance. Funding for Be Wise — Immunize comes from the TMA Foundation, thanks to generous support from HEB, the TMF Health Quality Institute, and gifts from physicians and their families.  

  Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association. 

Action, Sept. 16, 2011