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See how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work!
Wondering about the new COVID-19 mRNA vaccines? Check out our new animation, How COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines Work. Viewers watch from inside a cell to see how the mRNA vaccine is processed by our immune system and how immunity is generated.
“Get Back on Track with Routine Vaccines”
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). As some people fell behind on vaccines during the pandemic, this year’s theme is “Get Back on Track with Routine Vaccines” to remind people to check that they are up to date. So, as you prepare the kids for “back to school,” this is the perfect time to make sure the whole family is up to date on their vaccines.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some helpful tools and resources for checking your family’s vaccine needs:
- Growing Up with Vaccines: What Should Parents Know? — Includes a downloadable guide for recommended vaccines from before birth to adulthood.
- The Adult Vaccine Assessment Tool — Take this quick assessment to see if you need any vaccines.
Vaccine Education Center resources:
- Age Groups and Vaccines — Find information and tips for getting vaccinated by age group.
- Booklets by age group:
Is your student planning to study abroad?
While most study abroad programs were halted during the pandemic, these opportunities are starting to come back. As such, the CDC recently enhanced their information for students preparing to study abroad. If your student, or someone you know, is making plans, be sure they check out this comprehensive travel- and health-related information from the CDC.
New book for children explains “community immunity”
Mobi Vs. The Shield is a new book that takes children on a fun adventure where they meet Mobi, “a pesky measles virus,” and Victor, “a superhero vaccine.” Created by The Immunization Partnership, Mobi Vs. The Shield teaches children the importance of getting vaccinated to protect themselves and those around them from infectious diseases. The book explores different situations as Mobi’s plan to infect everyone in Townsville is thwarted as a result of vaccination and community immunity.
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.