Friday, October 18, 2013

Physicians Get Immunized at TMA’s Fall Conference

TMA physician Evan Pivalizza, MD, prepares to get vaccinated
against the flu at last year’s TMA Fall Conference. 

“We have seen serious outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in Texas this year,” said Dallas physician Wendy Chung, MD, chair of the Texas Medical Association’s Committee on Infectious Diseases.  “Pertussis rates have been increasing nationally, and Texas is on par in 2013 to report the highest number of pertussis cases in 50 years. Additionally, a large outbreak of 21 cases of measles occurring in Texas this year included an infection in one health care worker. And during the past 2012-13 influenza season, the greatest number of influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported from Texas.” 

Physicians say vaccinations are critically important. This Saturday, TMA will host an on-site clinic to provide influenza, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis), and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations for physicians and their staff and family. By getting an annual flu vaccine and updating all recommended vaccines, physicians protect themselves and their patients, says Dr. Chung.  “Our roles as immunization advocates are essential in educating and persuading our patients and medical staff about the importance of vaccinations.”

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