Measles Outbreak Puts Texas in the Spotlight

The measles outbreak in North Texas has been the focus of national news stories this past week, and TMA has been on call to respond. The TMA family has reinforced the importance of vaccinations and how one unvaccinated person can leave a community vulnerable to a preventable disease.  

At least 21 people in North Texas have the measles because some members of the Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark didn't have their children vaccinated.  

Jason Terk, MD, a Keller pediatrician and member of TMA's Council on Legislation, was featured in an NPR story. An NBC news story featured Ari Brown, MD, an Austin pediatrician. Both serve on TMA's Be Wise — ImmunizeSM Physician Advisory Panel.  

News coverage on CNN and NBC also brought attention to the efforts of the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC) in conjunction with Be Wise — Immunize. ICTC vaccinated 4,400 children in August alone. And, since 1991, the coalition has vaccinated more than 90,000 children in the Fort Worth area. 

TMA's Be Wise ― Immunize program, of which ICTC is a collaborator, has given more than 240,000 shots to Texas children, adolescents, and adults since the program began in 2004.

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

Action, Sept. 4, 2013