Influenza Threat to Take Center Stage at TMA Distinguished Speaker Event

 September 27, 2018

Physician Experts to Address Texas’ Approach to Influenza

  • WHAT: Top physician public health experts will address Texas’ plan to combat influenza this flu season, at Preparing for Texas’ Next Great Public Health Emergency: Influenza, the second installment of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) distinguished speaker series. This marks TMA’s second Distinguished Speaker Series presentation, designed to inform Texas legislators and their staff members about urgent health issues in Texas.

    Texas Health Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, will recap the impact of flu on Texas last year and provide flu season projections for 2019. He also will describe the potential Texas hotspots for disease outbreaks because of the number of vaccine exemptions in those areas. 

    Philip Huang, MD, will describe the Spanish Flu epidemic, which happened 100 years ago this year. He also will cite what happens in a flu pandemic such as the H1N1 event.

    Researcher Chris Perkins will detail recent poll results showing Republican primary voters overwhelmingly support vaccinations. 

    October 1 marks the traditional time each year when flu cases spike, against a backdrop of Texas budget cuts in public health and prevention programs. Will the state be ready if many people fall ill this flu season?

  • WHEN: Monday, Oct. 1, Noon-1:30 pm
  • WHERE: TMA building, 401 W. 15th St., Thompson Auditorium, first floor
    Noon — Welcome/Introduction
    John Carlo, MD
    , chair, Texas Public Health Coalition; CEO, Prism Health North Texas

12:10 pm

        Republican Primary Voters Immunization Survey
        Chris Perkins, partner, Ragnar Research Partners 

        Influenza: Are We Ready?
        John Hellerstedt, MD, commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services

        Lessons from H1N1
        Philip Huang, MD, member, TMA Council on Science and Public Health

        Panel — Questions and Answers
        Dr. Hellerstedt, Dr. Huang, and Mr. Perkins

1:25 pm — Closing Remarks
        Dr. Carlo

TMA’s Distinguished Speaker series is supported by the TMA Foundation, TMA’s philanthropic arm. TMA Foundation raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine. To learn more, visit the TMA Foundation website.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 51,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org 
Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org

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September 28, 2018