Grant Awarded to CMS to Vaccinate Del Mar College Students
July 21, 2014
First-time college students up to age 22 are required by
Texas law to get a meningococcal vaccination to protect themselves and their
fellow students from bacterial meningitis — a costly vaccination many students
cannot afford. The Nueces County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance is taking steps
to help more students get the vaccination.
The Nueces CMS Alliance received a $2,000 grant from Texas Medical
Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program to vaccinate
students entering Del Mar
College in Corpus Christi in August. The alliance will provide the
vaccinations in conjunction with the South Texas Family Planning Clinic and Health Corporation.
“We want to remove any barrier to college-bound students
receiving their education,” said Martha Vijjeswarapu, president of the Nueces
CMS Alliance. “In addition to helping these students enter college, we’re also
helping protect them from a very serious illness.”
The meningococcal vaccine protects against bacterial
meningitis, an often-deadly inflammation of the fluid surrounding the brain and
spinal cord. Meningococcal disease spreads from person to person through
coughing and sneezing, sharing drinks or utensils, and kissing or other close
contact. It spreads quickly among people who live in close quarters, such as a
The best way to prevent meningococcal disease is to get
vaccinated. College students must provide proof of having the vaccination
within five years of college admission or at least 10 days before moving onto
Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants help Texas communities provide free and
low-cost vaccinations to uninsured Texans. Since 2012, 26 grants totaling more
than $40,000 have been awarded to Texas communities to improve Texans’ health.
Be Wise — Immunize and the Local Impact Grants are funded by the TMA Foundation
(TMAF), thanks to generous support from H-E-B and TMF
Health Quality Institute, and gifts from physicians and their families.
“TMA Foundation and its donors are proud to support this
effort because immunizations prevent serious diseases and help us live a
healthier life,” said G. Sealy Massingill, MD, TMAF president.
TMA is the largest state medical society
in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student
members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies
around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of
all Texans. TMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the association and
raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of
TMA and the family of medicine.
Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.
Pam Udall (512) 370-1382; cell: (512)
413-6807; email: pam.udall[at]texmed[dot]org
Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org