The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Mobile App About Vaccines Now Available for Android

Popular “Vaccines on the Go- What You Should Know” App now available for download

Article ID: 607473

Released: 10-Sep-2013 9:45 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Credit: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Vaccine Education Center

    New Mobile App puts vaccine answers at parents' fingertips

Newswise — The Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s (VEC) mobile app, Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know, is now available for Android in addition to Apple platforms. Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know is a unique mobile app that allows busy parents to access up-to-date, reliable information about the science and safety of vaccines -- wherever and whenever they need it. Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know includes comprehensive information about:• Vaccines and the diseases they prevent• Vaccine safety topics, including autism, thimerosal, vaccine schedules, and too many vaccines• Recommended immunization schedules for children, teens and adults• Types of vaccines and how they’re madeAdditional features include:• Graphics depicting disease characteristics, such as levels of contagiousness and typical disease timelines• Links to videos about vaccines • Vaccine-related games, like hangman and matching• A place to save questions for the next doctor’s visit• The opportunity to easily email the VEC for answers to vaccine-related questions• Links to other VEC resources, like booklets and Q&A sheetsThe new app places the extensive resources from the VEC web site at parents’ fingertips in an easy-to-navigate mobile platform that parents can access at the doctor’s office, grocery store, or pharmacy, allowing parents to find immediate answers to questions wherever they arise and to help them make informed decisions regarding their child’s immunizations. Parents can download the free app from the iPhone or Android stores or can learn more or easily locate the links to the app in app stores by visiting the VEC’s mobile app web page

About the Vaccine Education CenterThe Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (VEC) was established in October 2000 with the goal of providing scientifically accurate and up-to-date information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent to both parents and health professionals. The Center offers numerous resources, including websites, videos, e-newsletters, informational tear sheets, webinars and speakers programs, all of which provide information that dispels common misconceptions and misinformation about vaccines. Information commonly found on VEC resources include how vaccines are made, how and why they work, who recommends them, whether they’re safe, whether they’re necessary and when they should be given. The Vaccine Education Center is funded by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and does not receive support from vaccine manufacturers.

About The Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaThe Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children’s Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program receives the highest amount of National Institutes of Health funding among all U.S. children’s hospitals. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 516-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit


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