The Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia … We’re here to help
Vaccines protect school-aged kids from more than a dozen childhood infections. The Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (VEC) can help you keep your students and their families safe and healthy by providing a variety of resources that help answer common questions and concerns about vaccines.
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Other programs for you
In addition to the Vaccine Update monthly newsletter, the VEC also offers:
- Free webinars — Dr. Paul Offit, director of the VEC, offers free one-hour webinars a few times a year to update listeners about the latest developments in vaccines. Free CEU are available for live and archived events.
- Hilleman film screening kit — The award-winning documentary Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children tells the inspiring story of Maurice Hilleman, whose work is credited with saving 8 million lives every year. The film focuses not only on the life of Dr. Hilleman, but also shares insights related to the impact of vaccine-preventable diseases and the power of scientific inquiry and progress. The screening kit includes resources and tools to help you plan a screening and change the vaccine conversation in your community.
- Vaccine answers — If you have vaccine-related questions, contact us online.
Tools to use with students
- Vax Pack Hero — This multi-platform program, aimed at 5 to 10 year-olds, teaches about vaccines and immunity
- My Vaccine Activity book — Including both coloring pages and puzzles, these books can be ordered or pages can be photocopied for use with students.
- Just the Vax trivia game — Engage your students in vaccine-related trivia. Use the game to hold contests, start discussions or give students in your office an educational way to spend their time with you.
- Educational and Classroom Materials — Classroom materials leverage the Vaccine Makers and Vax Pack Hero projects to educate students of all ages about the immune system, diseases and vaccines. The curriculum is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Materials include teacher guides, student worksheets and novel resources.
Tools to use with parents
- Information to give to parents – Printed materials can be ordered in color or photocopied to share with parents in mailings or at events. Links can be added to emails or websites.
- Short videos – Videos can be used in presentations to parents or, in DVD format, as part of a lending library. Links to videos can be shared in emails or on websites.
- Parents PACK – This free monthly e-newsletter allows parents to easily stay up-to-date on vaccines. Order the free Parents PACK tear pads (50 sheets/pad) to easily introduce the program to parents.
- Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know – This free mobile app allows users to access reliable vaccine information on their smartphones. Order free mobile app posters for an easy way to alert parents to this resource.
- Just the Vax trivia game – This game offers a fun way to approach vaccines. Use the questions and materials to engage parents, start conversations or gauge knowledge and understanding.
- Pinterest – If your parents are looking for vaccine information on Pinterest, make sure they are finding accurate information by directing them to the VEC boards. Topics include newborns and infants, school-aged children, adolescents and teens, adults, and pregnancy.
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.