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Greenburgh Health Offers Back to School Vaccines

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Greenburgh residents don’t need to go too far to be vaccinated. The Greenburgh Health Center  at 300 Tarrytown Rd. provides all vaccines they need, said its executive director Judith Watson.

Indeed, polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) are all listed in the recommended immunization schedules available at the center.

Because vaccines prevent such diseases, they are considered an important tool for overall public health. Vaccinated children develop immunities without suffering from the actual diseases the vaccines prevent. However, some parents believe there are links between the vaccine preservative, thimerosal, and autism. Watson said that they don't need to be afraid.

“We’ve vaccinated three generations of children without any incident,” she said, referring to the center’s almost 40 years existence, the last eight under her command.

The study that supposedly found the link between vaccine and autism was exposed as a fraud in 2010 , the medical journal in which it was published retracted it, and the doctor who conducted it had his license to practice revoked.

Watson pointed to the many other studies that proved the benefits of vaccination and to the controls that are in place.

“Any vaccine applied in the U.S. has to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration and the Central for Disease Control,” she said.

But she also emphasized that, at the end, it's up to the parents to decide whether to vaccinate or not their children.

“The center’s role in this community is to provide vaccines as requested by the parents,” Watson said.

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