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Media Alert: Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands physicians remind community of importance of vaccines in protecting the community

Monday, April 22, 2019

Infectious disease expert urges parents to take immediate action.


Pediatric infectious disease physician Anna-Kathryn Burch discusses importance of vaccines in protecting community from return of diseases including measles, mumps and pertussis.


Tuesday, April 23, 3:30 p.m.


Prisma Health Children’s Hospital-Midlands, 7 Medical Park, Atrium


The United States is experiencing the worst measles outbreak in 25 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Over the past five years, the number of South Carolina students who were listed as religiously exempt from vaccination has doubled,” said pediatric infectious diseases physician Dr. Anna-Kathryn Burch. “We are extremely concerned that recent outbreaks of preventable and once deadly diseases are occurring in children, due to parents being misinformed by social media, non-scientific sources and celebrities who oppose vaccines. Vaccines are safe and vaccines protect us all. As pediatricians, we recognize that vaccines are modern-day miracles. We urge all parents to have a discussion with their child’s medical provider about the importance and safety of vaccines and whether their child is up to date on all vaccines.”

About Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands
Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands is South Carolina’s first children's hospital and has more than 150,000 children’s visits each year. It offers more than 30 subspecialties to meet the unique health care needs of children and has central South Carolina's only Children’s Emergency Center. With more than 350 professionals who work exclusively with children, Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands has a team of highly skilled and trained experts unmatched by any hospital in the Midlands. Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands is the place to go for children's medical care, because the best care matters.

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