Wednesday, February 10, 2016

App review: CHOP's Vaccines on the Go: What you should know

The Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has created Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know to give a parents a convenient and easy way to access information on vaccines.

App review: CHOP's Vaccines on the Go: What you should know

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Looking for a resource that has all you need to know about vaccines from a trusted source? The Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know app from The Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers a breadth of information on vaccines in an easy navigable format.

The app includes information about:

  • Vaccines and the diseases they prevent, along with potential side effects
  • Vaccine safety topics, including autism, vaccine safety monitoring systems, and too many vaccines
  • Types of vaccines and how they’re made
  • Recommended immunization schedules for children, teens and adults

You can also find a list of vaccine-related videos, such as vaccines for babies, and human papillomavirus and the HPV vaccine.

Many of the topics link to additional online resources from the VEC. For example, you’ll find a Q&A on vaccines and autism if you go to the autism section under Safety. On the same screen, there’s a “notes for the doctor” link to save any questions for a future office visit, or you can email the Vaccine Education Center for answers to vaccine questions.

The “What’s in the Vial” section under Safety gives an overview of what you can find in a vaccine, such as aluminum, antibiotics chemicals, and preservatives. Most importantly, there’s an explanation of the amounts in the vaccine for some of the components and how it compares to everyday exposures.

Overall, the app is a quick way to access information on vaccines, which can come in handy when you’re preparing for your child’s next appointment or you need information on a specific vaccine. Find out more about The Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know here.


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