On CBS-Austin: ARC Responds to Texas Senate Vaccine Bill

In July 2015, in the midst of what was at the time one of the largest measles outbreaks seen in decades, Austin Regional Clinic strengthened its vaccine policy out of concern for the safety of all of patients entering ARC clinics, including vulnerable babies and those with compromised and fragile immune systems.

A bill introduced in the Texas Senate Tuesday threatens ARC’s ability to maintain this policy designed for the safety of all our patients. Dr. Mai Duong, ARC Chief of Pediatrics, spoke to KEYE (CBS-Austin).

“Children who are medically vulnerable are the ones who are going to end up with severe complications, and it could be devastating," Dr. Duong explained.

She goes on to explain that the aim of the ARC policy is to protect all patients, including young children and persons with compromised immune systems, who are unable to be vaccinated.

“It was a very very difficult decision for us to make, but we felt it was the right thing to do to protect all of the children who come through all of our clinics," Dr. Duong said.

In 2015, the U.S. reported 188 measles cases. This year, as of April 2019, there have been well over 600 cases of measles reported in 22 states. With nearly six months left of the year, more measles cases will likely occur, making 2019 the “worst year” for measles since the disease was designated “eliminated” in the year 2000.

The bill was left pending after Tuesday's meeting, and remains in committee. See the complete KEYE (CBS-Austin) interview.

Other comments made by Dr. Duong during her testimony were featured in Texas Medicine Today, the newsletter of the Texas Medical Association.

Tags: Dr. Mai Duong, vaccine

More on this Topic

Dr. Duong in Statesman: Does Whooping Cough Vaccine Need an ‘Update’?

A rise in whooping cough cases has led public health researchers to investigate whether the vaccine is still as effective as it once was. In an interview with the Austin American Statesman, ARC Pediatrician, Dr. Mai Duong provided insight on what this means and why the vaccine is still your best protection.

KXAN, Flu Cases Double

In a single week, the number of Austin Regional Clinic patients testing positive for flu doubled, KXAN-TV reported. Dr. Christopher Chang, family medicine physician at ARC’s Far West clinic, says it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

Budamanji – Welcome to the Gala

The 16th Annual Buda Chamber of Commerce Gala – Budamanji , was held on Saturday, March 3rd at the TDS Exotic Game Ranch and filled with music, games, a silent auction, fabulous food, and live animals everywhere.

ARC Helps Austin Blastoff to a Healthy Summer

On June 10, ARC doctors and staff helped Austinites blastoff to a healthy summer at the Summer Fun Launch Party at Whole Foods Lamar. Attendees got a free summer fun checklist for the kids.

Blazier Elementary Career Day with ARC docs

Dr. Kymberly Colman, Dr. Mai Duong and Kristen Howell, LVN, spent a wonderful afternoon with the kids at the Blazier Elementary.