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Handing out VISs
Did you know that you can have parents or patients read Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) on their phone? VISs are formatted so that they can be downloaded and read on mobile devices. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers information about a variety of ways you can fulfill the legal requirement of providing VISs before every vaccine dose.
Podcasts and videos
Check out these new videos and podcasts related to vaccines:
- The Side Effects of Vaccines – How High Is the Risk? is an approximately 11-minute video created by Kurzgesagt for their In a Nutshell series. Funding came from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Lil Nas Vax – Vaccine Road is a parody of Lil Nas X – Old Town Road made by Austin Jordan, a student at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
- Contagious Conversations podcast season two episodes were recently released. Episodes include:
- How to (Truly) Change the World, a conversation with Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
- The State of Health, a conversation with Dr. Rebekah Gee, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health.
- Ending Polio for Good, a conversation with Carol Pandak, who works with Rotary International to end polio.
Medical marijuana and autism statement
The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) recently released a statement related to the use of medical marijuana as a treatment for people with autism. The statement discusses what is known about tetrahydrocannabinoid (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), the limited data from well-controlled scientific studies, and what parents should do if they are considering using marijuana-related products for their children with autism.
ASF also recently participated in creating a policy brief related to “Getting People with Autism to Work.” The brief, released by the International Society for Autism Research, represents the culmination of a two-year project reviewing employment opportunities and related research for those diagnosed with autism. A series of recommendations include using person-centered, individualized approaches, providing environmental support in the work place as well as opportunities for on-the-job experience, and more.
IIS and 2D barcodes new resource from the AAP
Immunization information systems (IIS) and 2D barcodes on vaccines offer an effective way to reduce vaccine-related errors and improve recording of immunizations. Realizing these opportunities, as well as the potential for saving staff time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released “Immunization Information Technology: A Guide for Pediatricians
on Immunization Information Systems and Two-Dimensional Barcoding.” The 12-page guide is accessible online and answers questions as well as provides resources for additional information.
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.