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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Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.