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VEC addresses risks of being around unvaccinated children

People who choose not to vaccinate sometimes suggest that their decisions should not affect those who vaccinate because, “If vaccines work, they will not get sick.” Of course, those who administer vaccines realize that in some cases vaccines cannot be used and for some who are vaccinated, the vaccines may not work. For example, about 95 of every 100 children who receive the measles vaccine will be protected against the disease; but this means that 5 of every 100 won’t be protected, even though they had received the vaccine.

In an effort to assist with the explanation around this conversation, we recently published an article in our newsletter for parents, called Parents PACK. You are allowed to print and photocopy this article if you feel it will be useful with your patients and their families. The article can be accessed or shared from the following places:

2016 webinar schedule

At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the VEC announced the 2016 webinar dates:

  • March 23, 2016
  • Sept. 14, 2016
  • Nov. 16, 2016

Mark your calendars or print a reminder calendar. Consider hanging the calendar in a central location as a reminder for yourself and your colleagues. As with previous years, continuing education credits will be available and events are offered free of charge.

Current Issues in Vaccines webinars are offered with the support of the Thomas F. McNair Scott Endowed Research and Lectureship Fund and are co-sponsored by the PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. CPE credits are awarded by Wilkes University and CME/CEU are awarded by the University of Pittsburgh.

Find out more about the webinar program at  

Holiday shipments

If you will need VEC materials or are trying to use end-of-year funds before the start of 2016, please place your order or alert us as soon as possible; this will allow us to plan appropriately. Shipments will be limited during the last two weeks of December.

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family's personal health. You should not use it to replace any relationship with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult your physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.