What Does Be Wise — Immunize Offer for Physicians?

Be Wise can help you:

  1. Implement or enhance vaccination practices in your office with our vaccination toolkits and continuing medical education courses;
  2. Educate about vaccines in your office, in the media, or at public gatherings such as parent-teacher associations and civic organizations;
  3. Host a low-cost/free vaccination clinic after hours or on the weekend;
  4. Understand health care worker vaccination requirements and promote vaccinations among your employees; and
  5. Keep up with the latest vaccine news.

Physician Toolkits
The Be Wise — Immunize Physician Toolkit for Children and the Be Wise — Immunize Physician Toolkit for Adolescents are easy-to-use guides, complete with a physician manual and materials you can use in your practice. The toolkits were produced under the guidance of an advisory panel of prominent pediatricians and other physician specialists convened for this purpose.

The toolkits contain best practice guidelines, vaccine safety information, complete details about ImmTrac (Texas’ immunization registry), information about the Texas Vaccines for Children program, and more.

Be Wise — Immunize Physician Toolkit for Children (PDF): Updated in 2011, a comprehensive reference guide on childhood vaccinations for physicians and their staff. Plus, it offers educational materials for your office and patients.

Be Wise—Immunize Physician Toolkit for Adolescents (PDF): Updated in 2011, a comprehensive reference guide on adolescent vaccinations for physicians and their staff. Plus, it offers educational materials for your office and patients.

Patient Education Materials
Check out the Be Wise patient education materials for placement in your waiting and exam rooms. All materials are in English and Spanish (PDF):

Letters to the Editor: Respond to articles in the news about vaccinations or use them to educate the public during key vaccination times (National Immunization Awareness Month in August or National Infant Immunization Week in April).

Continuing Medical Education Course: HPV
Don’t Wait – Vaccinate! The Prevention of HPV Cancers discusses the burden of HPV-related cancer in Texas, and effective messaging and communication strategies for increasing HPV vaccine uptake. The two-part series, is available for download from the TMA online course catalog. For a limited time, physicians can use coupon code HPVVAX to take the courses for FREE! The course was produced by TMA's Be Wise  Immunize, TMA's Committee on Cancer, TMA's Committee on Child and Adolescent Health, and the Texas Pediatric Society. 

New: Vaccine Exemptions in Texas 
Texas is one of 19 states that allow exemptions to vaccines required for school children because of medical contraindications and reasons of conscience. To assist you in talking with your patients, TMA’s Committee on Child and Adolescent Health and Committee on Infectious Diseases have prepared this resource for physicians about vaccine exemptions in Texas that includes Texas student conscientious exemption data and medical contraindications and precautions. TMA’s policy opposes conscientious objections to required vaccinations. 

Health Care Worker Vaccination 
TMA worked closely with the Texas Pediatric Society, and the Texas Nurses Association, and the Texas Hospital Association to support state legislation that requires health care facilities licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services to have a vaccination policy. The policy must outline vaccination requirements for each employee or anyone who comes into contact with patients in their facility, including physicians, volunteers, or others who are not directly employed by a facility. TMA has tools to help you comply. 

TMA Encourages Flu Shots for Health Care Workers
Your vaccination policy will require health care workers to get immunized for the flu to protect their patients, themselves, and their families. Help spread the message by displaying this poster in hospital employee break rooms, physicians’ offices, and other places where health care workers and staff gather. To order, contact TMA’s outreach coordinator or call (512) 370-1470.

Be Wise — Immunize Physician Advisory Panel
These TMA physicians provide expert advice on Be Wise — Immunize programming, review materials created for physicians and patients, and serve as spokespersons on vaccination issues.  

Carol Baker, MD, Houston, pediatric infectious disease
John Carlo, MD, MS, Dallas, public health and general preventive medicine
Kimberly Carter, MD, MPP, Austin, obstetrics/gynecology
Wendy Chung, MD, MSPH, Dallas, pediatric infectious disease
Lenore DePagter, DO, MBA, McAllen, internal medicine
Sandra Dickerson, MD, Lubbock, general surgeon
Edward Dominguez, MD, Dallas, infectious disease
Martin Garza, MD, Edinburg, pediatrics
R. Moss Hampton, MD, Midland, obstetrics/gynecology 
C. Mary Healy, MD, Houston, pediatric infectious fisease
Alan Howell, MD, Temple, infectious disease
Elizabeth Knapp, MD, Austin, pediatrician
G. Sealy Massingill, MD, Fort Worth, obstetrics/gynecology
Li-Yu Mitchell, MD, Tyler, family medicine
Lois Ramondetta, MD, Houston, gynecological oncology
Arathi Shah, MD, San Antonio, pediatrics
Jane Siegel, MD, Corpus Christi, pediatric infectious disease
Janice Stachowiak, MD, Lubbock, internal medicine
Erica Swegler, MD, Austin, family medicine
Jason Terk, MD, Keller, pediatrics
Ryan Van Ramshorst, MD, San Antonio, pediatrics
Daniel Vijjeswarapu, MD, Corpus Christi, pediatrics
Caroline Leilani Valdes, MD, Victoria, pathologist
Alison Ziari, MD, Austin, pediatrics

Want to get involved with Be Wise — Immunize or need more information? Email TMA’s outreach coordinator or call (512) 370-1470. Or contact her to sign up for TMA Giving Back, a monthly e-newsletter that keeps you up to date on TMA’s outreach programs.

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