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Good Samaritan Hospital Hosting Free Screening of The Invisible Threat

August 18th, 2014

Exploring the fears and misperceptions surrounding childhood vaccination

Good Samaritan Hospital is hosting the Long Island premiere of an eye-opening documentary, The Invisible Threat on Wednesday, August 20, 7:00 pm at the West Islip Fire Department, 309 Union Boulevard.The filmexplores the science of vaccination through a series of interviews with families, physicians and experts and examines the fears and misconceptions that have caused some parents not to vaccinate their children. It was produced by a group of award-winning high school students from Carlsbad High School in California.

Vaccines are truly life-saving, and they represent the best defense against diseases such as measles and pertussis. This year alone, vaccines will prevent more than 35,000 deaths and 14 million infections here in the United States. International travel definitely allows for “forgotten illnesses” like polio to return if we don’t immunize. In fact, viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like measles, pertussis, chickenpox, and meningitis still exist in this country. Worldwide, 1.5 million children die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases.

The screening is free but pre-registration is required. For further information or to register, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.

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Colleen Valdini
Manager, Public and External Affairs
(631) 376-4483

 

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