Vaccine News & Notes — March 2021

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Supporting science — “Science for Better” bracelets

Looking for a way to support the Vaccine Education Center at CHOP? With a small donation to the Ministry of Supply’s “Science for Better” program, you’ll receive a “Science for Better” bracelet. Wear the bracelet to show family and friends that you trust science and support vaccine education.

Thank you for your support!

Educational comic books — Flu in children and adolescents

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, healthcare worker or educator looking to teach kids about flu and the importance of getting the flu vaccine, two new comic-style books offer an innovative and engaging way for kids to learn. They feature students telling their experiences with flu and how infections can be severe for some.

The comic books are available for free download:

The educational comic books were created by Families Fighting Flu in collaboration with Sanofi and the National Association for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

MenB Vaccination Honor Roll — Is your college on the list?

Meningococcal B (MenB) infections can be devastating, and even fatal, but a vaccine can prevent these tragedies. College students living in dorms are at particular risk. Unfortunately, not all colleges recommend or require the MenB vaccine, so many parents do not know their children can get a vaccine to prevent this disease. Even without a requirement, parents should make sure their students have been vaccinated.

To encourage institutions of higher education to require or recommend this important vaccine, the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) created the MenB Vaccination Honor Roll. As of March 2021, 267 institutions in 36 states are on the list. Is your child’s college one of them? Check out IAC’s MenB Vaccination Honor Roll to find out.

Talking about Vaccines with Dr. Paul Offit: COVID-19

The Vaccine Education Center recently added new videos to the COVID-19 playlist in which Dr. Offit answers common questions about COVID-19 and the vaccines. Some of the new videos include:

The full list is available on the COVID-19 video page and as a YouTube playlist. Additional questions and answers are available on Can’t find your question? Use this online form to ask the VEC.

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.