Aug. 14, 2014
- WHAT: Coastal Bend residents can get free
pertussis (Tdap) vaccinations at Portland Methodist Health Fair. The
vaccination protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping
cough). It’s recommended for adults, children, and adolescents, especially if
they have contact with newborns.
The family health fair also will include
sports physicals, back-to-school vaccinations, health screenings for people of
all ages, and more.
- WHEN: Aug. 16, 9 am to 3 pm
- WHERE: First United
Methodist Church of Portland, 4545
Wildcat Dr., Portland, TX 78374
- WHO: Vaccinations
provided by James Mobley, MD, and
Medical Arts Clinic, along with First Methodist Church of Portland, San
Patricio County Department of Public Health, Regional Health Awareness Board,
San Patricio County, Nueces County, and City of Corpus Christi.
Babies cannot receive their first pertussis vaccine until
they are 2 months old, and they are not fully protected from whooping cough until
they receive multiple doses, usually when they are 15 to 18 months of age.
“We protect these babies, for whom whooping cough could be
deadly, by vaccinating their parents and grandparents,” said Dr. Mobley.
Vaccinating those who will be in close contact with newborns is called
“cocooning,” as in wrapping the baby in a protective cocoon against the disease.
This vaccination event is supported by a grant from Texas Medical
Association’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program. Be Wise — Immunize has
awarded 26 Local Impact Grants totaling more than $40,000 since 2012 to help
Texas communities provide free and low-cost vaccinations to uninsured and
underinsured Texans. Be Wise — Immunize and the Local Impact Grants are funded
by the TMA
Foundation, thanks to generous support from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute,
and gifts from physicians and their families.
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.
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Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.
Contact: Pam Udall
phone: (512) 370-1382
cell: (512) 413-6807
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