Vaccine News & Notes — June 2019

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Video: The Side Effects of Vaccines

This approximately 11-minute, animated video describes how the immune system works and how vaccines take advantage of that process to protect us from future infections. The video, titled The Side Effects of Vaccines – How High is the Risk?, was produced by Kurzgesagt for their In a Nutshell video series and was funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Music video about vaccines

Austin Jordan, a student at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, recently made a video parody of Lil Nas X – Old Town Road, changing the lyrics to relate to getting vaccinated. Called Lil Nas Vax – Vaccine Road, the video features Jordan singing and dancing in support of vaccinations. An interview by Josh Stewart for Citizen Ed stated, “Austin has always believed that music has a very powerful effect on people. He hopes that this video will convince people to get out and get vaccinated and to combat the unfortunate trend of people spreading myths about vaccinations.”

Resource reminder

If you are getting ready for summer travel, don’t forget about the VEC’s informational sheet related to infectious diseases and travel as well as our webpage, “Vaccine Considerations for Specific Groups,” which includes a section for travelers.

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

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