Find information about the latest vaccines and infectious diseases that have been in the news.
Cases of measles continued to be identified in Philadelphia and the surrounding area during January, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently alerted healthcare providers across the country to monitor for measles.
Find out more about the current outbreaks:
- Deadly Decisions? February 1, 2024 Parents PACK
- CDC alert to healthcare providers, January 25, 2024
- Why are we seeing measles outbreaks? Video featuring Dr. Paul Offit, VEC Director
To find out more about measles and the vaccine, check these VEC resources:
- Doctors Talk: Measles (video)
- Measles: What You Should Know (Q&A) in English | Spanish | Japanese
- Rash information (webpage) — Go to “Measles – viral” section of page
- A Look at Each Vaccine: Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine (webpage)
- MMR (infographic)
- Parents PACK Personal stories: Measles
Fall respiratory viruses (Influenza, COVID-19 and RSV)
It is not surprising that cases of three vaccine-preventable respiratory diseases (Influenza, COVID-19 and RSV) are increasing on the heels of holiday gatherings. When we spread our good cheer, we also share our viruses. While it is not too late to get vaccinated against any of these infections (the seasons for flu and RSV will go through the spring and COVID-19 has yet to become seasonal), remember that it takes about two weeks to gain immunity following vaccination.
You can also check our “Look at Each Vaccine” pages related to these viruses and the vaccines that prevent them:
Misinformation about DNA fragments in COVID-19 mRNA vaccines
Recently, DNA fragments in COVID-19 mRNA vaccines have been a source for concern, particularly following unfounded statements during official proceedings or by political appointees. To be clear, the mRNA vaccines are safe and these concerns related to DNA fragments are unfounded.
For additional information, please check these VEC webpages:
If you have questions that you have not found answers to in these resources, you can contact the Vaccine Education Center online, and we will try to help you get the information you are seeking.