Friday, November 15, 2013

Dr. Kevin Polsley talks to WJOL about importance of vaccines

Dr. Kevin Polsley, a Loyola internist and pediatrician, treats all ages at Loyola's Center for Health at Homer Glen. In an interview with WJOL radio, Dr. Polsley explains the importance of vaccines for both children and adults. 

Physicians know that vaccines work and are an important part of preventative medicine. "We've seen over the past 20-plus years the amount of (people) - especially kids - that get sick with certain types of bacterial illnesses rapidly diminished ..." he said.  "There are some (illnesses) now that our residents that are in training to be pediatricians haven't even seen - and I haven't even seen - and that's a direct effect of vaccines."

He talks about studies on vaccines, state guidelines and the recent outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough, among other viral infections.

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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.