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Christopher Barry, PA-C, MMSc, - Pediatrics

Emory Alumni Christopher Barry, PA-C, MMSc, a physician assistant in pediatrics from Morrisville, N.C., has had an article published in a national medical journal on the medical approach to parents who hesitate or say no out-right to have their children immunized for potentially serious childhood diseases.

Chris’s article appeared in the March 2009 issue of AD-VANCE for Physician Assistants, a journal serving the nearly 74,000 physician assistants in practice in the United States. In addition to the print article, titled  Vaccine Hesitancy and Refusal,‖ Mr. Barry was featured in an interview in the journal’s Webcast for Feb. 26, 2009. The article and Webcast are available at www.advanceweb.com/pa.

In the article and Webcast, Mr. Barry, who practices at Jeffers, Mann and Artman Pediatrics in Raleigh, offers expert advice to his fellow health care providers about counseling parents on the importance and safety of having their children vacciated.

Vaccines are one of public health’s greatest accomplishments, Mr. Barry writes in the article, noting that immunizing children has led to a 92% decline in cases of at least 10 vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, mumps and small-pox, and a near-100% reduction in deaths caused by these diseases. Given the tremendous success of vaccines, what explains the controversy over and negativity toward vaccines to-day?‖ he writes.

In the Webcast interview, Mr. Barry explains how parents’ misconceptions about the safety of vaccines stems in part from a number of TV and movie stars who blame vaccines for autism, mercury poisoning and other serious conditions, despite that medical science has unequivocally disproven any links. Mr. Barry offers practical advice for health care providers to counter the influence of these persuasive celebrities.

Mr. Barry earned his under-graduate degree in zoology from Duke University and his physician assistant master’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta. In his nearly nine years of practice, Mr. Barry has served as president of the Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics and is currently the American Academy of Physician Assistants liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics. He resides in Morrisville, N.C., with his wife, Ashley, and daughters Jessica and Leah.

See the full text article at http://physician-assistant.advanceweb.com/Article/Vaccine-Hesitancy-and-Refusal.aspx

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