The Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was launched in October 2000 to provide accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent to parents and healthcare professionals.
The Center, through its Web sites, videos, informational tear sheets, e-newsletters, webinars and speakers programs, seeks to dispel some of the common misconceptions and misinformation surrounding vaccines. The goal is to communicate the facts about each vaccine as well as how vaccines are made, how and why vaccines work, who recommends them, whether they are safe, whether they are still necessary, and when they should be given.
The Vaccine Education Center is funded by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The Center does not receive support from vaccine manufacturers.
The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) is staffed by a team of scientists, physicians, mothers and fathers.
Paul A. Offit, MD - Dr. Offit is Chief of Infectious Diseases at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of virology and immunology and was a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Offit is a member of the Institute of Medicine and co-editor of the foremost vaccine text, Vaccines. Dr. Offit has published more than 140 papers in medical and scientific journals. He is the author or co-author of several books including:
Charlotte Moser, BS - Ms. Moser has extensively published in scientific journals on the topics of immunology and virology. Through her research, Ms. Moser has contributed to our understanding of how vaccines prevent infections of the intestinal tract. She has also developed a novel method to enhance immune responses to vaccines.
As Assistant Director of the Vaccine Education Center, Ms. Moser has developed a variety of educational materials about vaccines, and created the Parents PACK program for parents. Ms. Moser is the co-author of Vaccines and Your Child: Separating Fact from Fiction (Columbia University Press, 2011).
Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHP - Dr. Feemster is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) School of Medicine and a staff physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She has completed training in public health at Columbia University and in health policy research through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UPenn. Her research activities focus on immunization delivery, vaccine policy and infectious diseases surveillance. Dr. Feemster has collaborated with the Philadelphia Department of Health Division of Disease Control and the Immunization Services Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Lauren K. Pettit, MS - Ms. Pettit completed her degree work in the areas of science and technology with concentrations in molecular biology and biotechnology and has completed research in the areas of immunology and neurodegenerative diseases. As the Parents PACK program manager, Ms. Pettit has developed a mobile app related to vaccines, studied the role of social media in public understanding of vaccines, and designed a trivia game about vaccines.
Susan E. Coffin, MD, MPH - Dr. Coffin is a staff physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In addition, she received specialty training in Public Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Dr. Coffin has published extensively in the areas of mucosal immunology and virology. She is currently the medical director of Infection Control at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Gary S. Marshall, MD - Dr. Marshall is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Director of the Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit, and author of The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (The Purple Book).
Michael J. Smith, MD, MSCE - Dr. Smith is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. In addition, he received specialty training in clinical epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Smith has written numerous review articles and book chapters about vaccine safety and is co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vaccinations.
Louis M. Bell, MD - Dr. Bell is chairman of the Division of General Pediatrics and a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Bell is a nationally recognized expert in the field of hospital-acquired infections and is the chairman of the Infection Control Committee at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Anne Reilly MD, MPH - Dr. Reilly is the medical director of the Division of Oncology at CHOP, and a professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her primary areas of interest center around supportive care of children with cancer, such as prevention and treatment of infections and care of the adolescent and young adult with cancer. Her primary oncologic interests are in pediatric lymphomas and lymphoproliferative disease.
Mary Lou Manning, RN, PhD, CPNP - Dr. Manning is an associate professor at Jefferson School of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Manning is the co-author of a book written for parents titled Guide to Common Childhood Infections. Her expertise is in the area of healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention and control.
To learn more about the Vaccine Education Center's educational materials and speakers' programs, please call us at 215-590-9990.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the nation's first pediatric hospital, has been a center of research, development and testing of vaccines such as those that prevent rubella (German measles), rabies, mumps, chickenpox and rotavirus. The Hospital has been the site of many pioneering research initiatives that have benefited children everywhere. It is home to one of the nation's largest pediatric research and pediatric educational programs. Learn more about CHOP»
Reviewed by: Paul A. Offit, MD
Date: November 2013
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.