Oct. 1 is Influenza Awareness Day, designated by the Texas Legislature to educate Texans about the health risks associated with the flu. Take action to keep yourself, your family, and your patients healthy.
Get vaccinated against the flu. If you haven't gotten your annual flu vaccination, you can get it at TMA's Fall Conference on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 7:30 to 8:30 am. The shot clinic is sponsored by TMA's Committee on Infectious Diseases and TMA's Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program.
You can also fight the flu by:
- Hanging TMA's poster in your office to encourage your colleagues and staff to get vaccinated;
- Educating your patients about the importance of the flu vaccination with free materials available from Be Wise — Immunize; and
- Showing your support for the flu vaccination by taking the pledge from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Local Vaccination Champions Needed
The Be Wise program is looking for physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members who want to improve their community's health and vaccination rates. Learn how you can make a difference by attending the Be Wise — Immunize outreach meeting on Friday, Oct. 18 (in conjunction with TMA's Fall Conference), from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in TMA's Thompson Auditorium.
Be Wise began in 2004 to help increase Texas' vaccination rates through education and hands-on, immunization clinics. More than 245,000 children, adolescents, and adults have received vaccinations through Be Wise. Come find out what tools and resources Be Wise — Immunize has to offer for local events.
If you have questions, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA's outreach coordinator, at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470. RSVP by Oct. 10 so we'll save you a spot.
Be Wise — Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians and the TMA Alliance, funded by the TMA Foundation through generous grants from H-E-B and the TMF Health Quality Institute.
Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.
Action, Oct. 1, 2013