Help Patients Be Wise About Flu Shots
By Tammy Wishard


Influenza has been particularly memorable during the past two seasons. 

The 2018-19 season was the longest in a decade, lasting 21 weeks, while 2017-18 saw a record 186 pediatric flu-related deaths, including 17 in Texas. 

As we begin another flu season, the Texas Medical Association’s Be Wise – ImmunizeSM program offers tools to help you make this one unremarkable, including:

  • A flu infographic (in English and Spanish) that you can print out and post in your waiting room, download to your website or Facebook page, or hand out to patients;
  • A physician-hosted video and other tools from TMA’s “Talk to Your Patients About: Flu” series; and
  • A poster to remind your employees about the importance of getting their flu vaccination that you can hang in your break room or other areas where staff gather. 

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a description of flu vaccination options on its website. And the CDC’s Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices has these recommendations for the upcoming flu season

To order flu materials, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470. 

Be Wise – Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians and medical students, and the TMA Alliance. Funding for TMA’s Be Wise — Immunize is provided in 2019 by the Texas Medical Association Foundation thanks to H-E-B, TMF Health Quality Institute, Pfizer Inc., and gifts from physicians and their families.  

Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.

Last Updated On

September 24, 2019

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Tammy Wishard

Outreach Coordinator, Division of Communication

(512) 370-1470
Tammy Wishard

Tammy Wishard is TMA’s outreach coordinator. She manages TMA's award-winning Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise — Immunize programs, and the Anson Jones, MD, Awards for excellence in health reporting. She has a 20-plus-year history with TMA, where she started as a writer/editor. Tammy, an Iowa native, is a graduate of Abilene Christian University.

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