Vaccine News & Notes — July 2021

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Bring science to story time with Vaccines Explained

Often, young children only associate vaccines with the pain they experience when they get a shot, but an understanding of what vaccines are and why they are important can help them feel more comfortable. Vaccines Explained, written by Ohemaa Boahemaa, a public health expert originally from Ghana, simplifies the concept of vaccines and germs for young children. The book features multicultural families and is supported with lesson plans and activities as well as other child-friendly vaccine resources on the Language Lizards website.

Vaccines Explained is available in English and 11 bilingual editions. Visit the Language Lizard website to learn more or order the book as well as watch a short video by the author.

Find other resources for kids and teens on this page of the VEC website.

The White House COVID-19 Vaccine College Challenge

Do you have, or know, a college student motivated to help end the COVID-19 pandemic? Have them check out “The White House COVID-19 Vaccine College Challenge.” The White House is calling on college students to do their part in the fight against COVID-19 by not only getting vaccinated themselves, but also by urging others to do so.

Interested students can learn more or sign up on The White House website.

“Hepatitis Can’t Wait”

Did you know that July 28 is World Hepatitis Day? If you’re wondering why we still need such a day, the answer is simple. Hepatitis continues to infect millions of people around the world, many of whom are unaware they’re even infected. This year’s theme is “Hepatitis Can’t Wait” because of the urgency for actions that “influence real change,” with the goal of eliminating hepatitis by 2030.

Infection with hepatitis A, B, C, D or E can lead to liver disease and damage. Some types of hepatitis can result in a chronic infection that can lead to the development of liver cancer. Vaccines are available to protect against hepatitis A and B. 

Find out more on the Vaccine Education Center website. Available resources include:

Information about hepatitis A and B is also available on our free mobile app, Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know:

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.