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Main Line Health and Nemours share the importance of childhood immunizations

Bryn Mawr Hospital February 16, 2015 News Releases

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), vaccination is the number one way to protect children from serious, preventable diseases—like the measles. Vaccinating your baby according to the recommended immunization schedule gives him/her the best protection against 14 serious childhood illnesses—including measles and whooping cough—before he/she is two years old.

“Immunizing against these diseases can protect your child’s health, and save the lives of children around them—especially infants who are too young to be vaccinated and those who are immunocompromised,” says Cheryl Clarkin, MD, Chief of Inpatient Pediatric Services, Nemours duPont Pediatrics at Bryn Mawr Hospital, part of Main Line Health. “Childhood vaccines are safe, and the measles vaccine is one of the most effective vaccinations we have.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected through immunization. The United States experienced a record number of measles cases during 2014, with 644 cases from 27 states reported to CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). This is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000. From January 1 to January 30, 2015, an additional 102 people from 14 states were reported to have measles. Most of the people infected had not received the proper vaccinations.

“Vaccines work best when most members of a community are vaccinated—the more people who are vaccinated, the lower the possible risk of anyone's exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases,” remarked Dr. Clarkin. “Vaccines are created with the highest safety standards so that they can be administered to as many people as possible—especially to children. The disease-prevention benefits of getting vaccines far outweigh any possible side effects.”

The latest formulation of the measles vaccine protects against measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox, so children are protected against four illnesses all at once. “If you are the parent of a young child and are having reservations about immunizing your child, it’s important for you to speak with your child’s health care provider,” Clarkin adds.

For information about the importance of childhood immunizations and a recommended childhood immunization schedule, please visit vaccines.gov or kidshealth.org.

About Nemours
Nemours (NAH-mors) is an internationally recognized children’s health system that owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and the Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. du Pont, Nemours offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to all families in the communities it serves. For more information, visit Nemours.org.

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Chris Manning, Senior Manager, Public and Media Relations, Nemours
302.298.7309
Christopher.Manning@nemours.org

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

Contact

Bridget Therriault
Director, Communications
Office: 484.580.1025
Cell: 484.222.9154
therriaultb@mlhs.org