The Maurice R. Hilleman Essay Contest for students

The Vaccine Makers Project, a program of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, is currently accepting essays from students in grades 6 to 12 as part of our centennial celebration of the birth of Dr. Maurice Hilleman!

Students are asked to write a 500- to 600-word essay that answers the question, “How would the world be different if Dr. Hilleman had not lived the life he did?” Three national winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize plus a trip for themselves and a parent to Philadelphia this fall, where they will tour the labs at CHOP, have breakfast with a scientist and dinner with the HILLEMAN film movie production team and more.

Completed applications and essays are due by June 7, 2019.

Check out the contest details or access the entry form.

Flyers with information about the contest can be downloaded for display or distribution.

Blood test or vaccine dose? New Science Made Easy video

The May Parents PACK issue featured a new video, Can a Blood Test Replace a Vaccine Dose? In the newest Science Made Easy video series, Dr. Offit discusses the limitations of blood tests in determining immunity in a parent-friendly response to an increasingly common question.

Dr. Offit discusses fevers

Dr. Offit recently sat down with Dr. Katie Lockwood, a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia primary care pediatrician, to discuss fevers in children for the newest episode of Primary Care Perspectives, a podcast for primary healthcare providers.

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