Vaccine News & Notes — August 2020

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Do you have questions about COVID-19 and the vaccines being developed to prevent it? The Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (VEC) has compiled a list of common questions on its dedicated webpage. Current topics covered include:

  • COVID-19 vaccines
  • COVID-19 vaccine studies
  • COVID-19 vaccine availability
  • COVID-19 vaccine safety
  • COVID-19 vaccine news

If you don’t see an answer to your question, please use the online form included on the webpage to submit your question. The VEC will respond to you as well as post a de-identified version of the question on the page, so that others can benefit from the answer as well.

Please consider sharing with your family and friends.

"Families and Vaccines: When Opinions Differ"

Do you know a family member whose opinion on vaccines differs from yours? Differences in opinions between families are particularly tricky as they can negatively impact specific relationships and affect the family at large. Recently, the VEC used a previously published Parents PACK article to develop, “Families and Vaccines: When Opinions Differ.” The shareable file provides helpful tips on how families who disagree about vaccines can handle conversations and differences in decision-making. How to protect unvaccinated family members and a list of sources for reliable vaccine information are also included.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is a great time to check whether your family is up to date on vaccines, particularly since many children fell behind on vaccinations during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Call your healthcare provider today to see if your child — or the adults in your family — need any vaccines.

Worried about visiting medical centers during the pandemic? Check out the VEC’s webpage for tips and considerations related to medical visits, vaccinations, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.