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May 19, 2020 — Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know, an informational mobile app about vaccines developed by the Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, was selected from among 6,000 entries as an “Award of Distinction” winner by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts during the 26th Annual Communicator Awards. The Communicator Awards program is the largest and most competitive that honors the creative excellence of communications professionals. The app also earned an honorable mention in the PRNEWS Digital Awards in the Mobile App category. The PRNEWS awards program recognizes the most innovative and industry-altering digital communicators and campaigns.
Vaccines on the Go, available free of charge for Apple and Android devices, is a unique mobile app that allows anyone to access up-to-date, reliable information about the science and safety of vaccines — wherever and whenever they need it. The app was first released in the fall of 2013, but was updated and redesigned in the fall of 2019. In addition to new information, more videos, and revised infographics, the app also now allows for notifications, so app users can easily stay abreast of new information and resources. Reviews of the refreshed and enhanced mobile app have praised both its ease of navigation and depth of information.
“We’re honored that the Communicator Awards and PRNEWS Digital Awards programs both recognized ‘Vaccines on the Go’ because we tried to implement new and exciting features and a relevant look and feel into the refreshed app.” said Charlotte Moser, Assistant Director of the Vaccine Education Center. “It is important to us that people have easy access to reliable, science-based vaccine information anytime they need it.”
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
New information includes:
- How the immune system works, including what happens during an infection or when a person is immune compromised
- Disease and vaccine information related to travel, including descriptions of cholera, Japanese encephalitis virus, typhoid and yellow fever
- Enhanced video offerings, including animations related to how viruses attack cells, maternal antibodies and immunizations, and more
Additional features include:
- Updated graphics depicting disease characteristics, such as levels of contagiousness and typical disease timelines
- An opportunity to receive updates through the app
- Vaccine-related trivia
- A place to record notes or questions for the next doctor’s visit
- Ways to stay connected with the VEC including sending vaccine-related questions to the VEC team or signing up for Parents PACK, the VEC’s free monthly e-newsletter for parents and families
- Links to a variety of online resources, including booklets and Q&A sheets
About the Vaccine Education Center
The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at 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 the public 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.
About the Communicator Awards
The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for communication professionals. Founded over 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. The 26th Annual Communicator Awards received over 6,000 entries from ad agencies, interactive agencies, production firms, in-house creative professionals, graphic designers, design firms, and public relations firms.
The Communicator Awards is judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA). The AIVA is an invitation-only member-based 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 PRNEWS Digital Awards
The Digital Awards program recognizes the most innovative and industry-altering digital communicators and campaigns. These impactful and daring digital campaigns represent those that reshaped the landscape of marketing and communications, including media relations, branding and influencer marketing, as well as the year’s best uses of media, including podcasts, videos, social media and more.
The PRNEWS Group at Access Intelligence, LLC is a go-to source that serves the communications and PR community at corporations, agencies and nonprofits.
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.