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Explore fears about vaccines at documentary screening on Long Island

A child gets a vaccination.

A child gets a vaccination. Credit: Dreamstime

Explore the fears surrounding childhood vaccines at a viewing of the documentary “The Invisible Threat” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the West Islip Fire Department, 309 Union Blvd. The film explores the science of vaccination through interviews with families and physicians and examines the misconceptions that have caused some parents not to vaccinate their children. It was produced by a group of high school students from Carlsbad High School in California.

The documentary takes the position that vaccines are life-saving and the best defense against diseases such as measles and pertussis. It reports that worldwide, 1.5 million children die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases.

The screening is sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. “We want to educate the community on the importance of vaccinating your children. A lot of parents listen to reports about vaccines can cause this, vaccines can cause that, but what they forget is that vaccines can keep you from getting terrible diseases,” says Colleen Valdini, manager of public and external affairs at Good Samaritan.

The screening is free but pre-registration is required. For further information or to register, call 631-376-4444 or visit

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