Flu Vaccination

The Texas Department of State Health Services urges everyone at least 6 months old to get vaccinated against the flu. A vaccination now will provide protection throughout the flu season, which runs through May.
“Flu is very unpredictable,” said DSHS Commissioner Dr. David Lakey. “We don’t know exactly what this flu season will look like, but …

Texas Department of State Health Services Issues Pertussis Advisory

Texas Department of State Health Services
NEWS RELEASE
In 2012 there were more than 1,000 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, in Texas, the Texas Department of State Health Services is issuing a health advisory urging immunization against the potentially lethal illness. The deaths in 2012 were the most for a single year since 2005. In 2011 there were 961 total …

MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTERING COLLEGE STUDENTS

If you have patients who are entering a Texas college or university this fall please let them know they need to have a meningococcal vaccine before they enter college. If you do not offer the vaccine in your practice please refer your patients to a community vaccinator such as a neighborhood pharmacy.

REQUIREMENT – As of January 1, 2012, all entering college and university students are required to show proof of an initial meningococcal vaccination or a booster dose during the five-year period before enrolling. They must get the vaccine at least 10 days before the semester begins. (Chapter 21, Subchapter T, Sections 21.610 through 21.614)

DEFINITIONS – Who is an entering college student?
• a first-time student of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education
• a transfer student
• a student who previously attended an institution of higher education before January 1, 2012, who is enrolling in the same or another institution of higher education following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester

Texas Immunization Registry Now Covers Adults

ImmTrac, the Texas immunization registry, has expanded to include adults. The Texas Department of State Health Services says the tool that’s been keeping track of children’s immunizations since 1997 will help all Texans know exactly which immunizations they’ve had.
With adults able to enroll in ImmTrac, people who provide consent can have their vaccine information stored …