May 5, 2014 — The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s mobile app “Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know” was selected among 6,000 entries as an “Award of Distinction” winner in the annual Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts’ Communicator Awards. The Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring the creative excellence for communications professionals.
“Vaccines on the Go,” available free of charge for Apple and Android devices, is a unique mobile app that allows busy parents to access up-to-date, reliable information about the science and safety of vaccines — wherever and whenever they need it. Reviews of the mobile app have praised both its ease of navigation and depth of information.
“We’re very pleased that the ‘Vaccines on the Go’ mobile app has received such a positive response from parents and physicians since its introduction last September,” said Charlotte Moser, assistant director of the Vaccine Education Center. “Our aim was to place extensive resources from the VEC website at parents’ fingertips, allowing them to find immediate answers to questions wherever they arise and to help them make informed decisions regarding their child’s immunizations.”
About the app
“Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know” includes comprehensive information about:
- Vaccines and the diseases they prevent
- Vaccine safety topics, including autism, thimerosal, vaccine schedules, and too many vaccines
- Recommended immunization schedules for children, teens and adults
- Types of vaccines and how they’re made
Additional features include:
- Graphics depicting disease characteristics, such as levels of contagiousness and typical disease timelines
- Links to videos about vaccines
- Vaccine-related games, like hangman and matching
- A place to save questions for the next doctor’s visit
- The opportunity to easily email the VEC for answers to vaccine-related questions
- Links to other VEC resources, like booklets and Q&A sheets
“We are both excited and amazed by the quality of work received for the 20th Annual Communicator Awards. This year’s class of entries is a true reflection of the progressive and innovative nature of marketing and communications,” noted Linda Day, executive director of the Academy Interactive and Visual Arts. She added, “On behalf of the entire Academy I want to applaud this year’s Communicator Awards entrants and winners for their dedication to perfecting their craft as they continue to push the envelope of creativity.”
The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), a 600+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.
About the Vaccine Education Center
The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was established in October 2000 with the goal of providing scientifically accurate and up-to-date information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent to both parents and health professionals. The Center offers numerous resources, including websites, videos, e-newsletters, informational tear sheets, webinars and speakers programs, all of which provide information that dispels common misconceptions and misinformation about vaccines.
Information commonly found on VEC resources include how vaccines are made, how and why they work, who recommends them, whether they’re safe, whether they’re necessary and when they should be given. The Vaccine Education Center is funded by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and does not receive support from vaccine manufacturers.
About the Communicator Awards
The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for communication professionals. Founded by communication professionals more than a decade ago, the Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work for print, video, interactive and audio. This year’s Communicator Awards received thousands of entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world.
The Communicator Awards is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising and marketing firms.