In response to the growing 2015 measles outbreak, which at press time stood at 154 U.S. cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has beefed up its website to include resources to help physicians in their practice.
The CDC's main Measles webpage is a portal organized by audience. A webpage under the health care providers portal contains resources on talking to patients about vaccines and a clinical article about the 2015 outbreak that started in a California amusement park, as well as an article for physicians and a link to a video interview of Admiral Anne Schuchat, MD, a CDC director, discussing measles and the importance of vaccinations.
Resources for parents and child care providers include an infographic about symptoms and handouts about the MMR vaccine and about how to prevent outbreaks and what to do if a measles case occurs in a child care facility.
CDC updates measles case information weekly.
TMA's Vaccination Resources for Patients
TMA's Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program offers free vaccination fact sheets to help physicians educate patients and send the message that vaccinations are safe, important, and effective. The childhood vaccination fact sheet includes information about the MMR vaccination.
Fact sheets also are available on adolescent vaccinations, adult vaccinations, flu, pertussis, human papillomavirus, and meningococcal disease. To request free copies of these fact sheets for your patients, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA's outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470, or (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470. Or use the Be Wise order form to request additional educational materials, such as posters for your office.
The December Disneyland nationwide measles outbreak and the 2013 outbreak in North Texas — all primarily among unimmunized persons — bring new attention to a disease once thought to be eliminated in the United States. TMA has collected a host of useful information for you and your patients on our new, online Combating Measles Resource Center.
Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.
Action, March 2, 2015