It is easier than ever to get health information; sometimes, however, it’s difficult to weed out the “good” information (which is scientifically accurate) from the “bad” information (which is not based on science). This is especially true for vaccines.
In a continued effort to provide the public with information about the science, safety and importance of vaccines, The Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (VEC) created Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know so busy parents can access the information wherever and whenever they need it.
Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know contains information about:
•Vaccines and the diseases they prevent
•Vaccine safety topics, including autism, thimerosal and too many vaccines
•Types of vaccines and how they’re made
•Recommended immunization schedules for children, teens and adults
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
•Opportunities to record questions for the next doctor’s visit or email the Vaccine Education Center for answers to vaccine questions
•Links to other online VEC resources, like booklets and Q&A sheets
This version of the Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know mobile application is optimized for iPhones running iOS6 or more recent versions of iOS releases.
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Ratings and Reviews
Very well organized, comprehensive app for families who have questions about vaccines, vaccine schedules, and whether vaccines are safe for their child. Also, well made app!
go straight to the valuable VISs link
Worth downloading IF you are willing to overlook the fluffy and overstated feel-good comments about how wonderful vaccines always are, to actually look at the links under the "safety" section. Vaccine injury is very real, and much more frequent than the picture this app is painting. Head straight to the tab on Vaccine Safety Monitoring Systems, and find the app's link for the VIS (vaccine information statements) there. Read the actual rate of vaccine injury from the CDC itself- 1 in 14,000 seizure rate for the DTaP (a loved one now has had epilepsy for the past 9 years as a result of this shot); seizures for 1 in 3,000 doses for the MMR or 1 in 1250 febrile seizures from the MMRV, for starters...this information should be included in the app itself instead of having to navigate through external links provided instead. Also the app claims there is no association between vaccination and autism, and mentions the MMR has not been linked to autism, that is false. There are autistic children who have been compensated through the US government for their vaccine-triggered autism, Hannah Poling being a well known case to refer to. Children with mitochondrial dysfunction, which includes a higher number of kids on the autism spectrum, can in "rare cases" have that autism triggered by an adverse reaction "such as a fever", according to Julie Geberding, former CDC executive and now head of the Vaccine Division for Merck...you can listen to her actual words for yourself during public testimony if you look it up. This app should contain warnings that there are very few studies specifically looking at kids with mitochondrial dysfunction and how they react to vaccines, and should warn parents that their child may experience significant adverse effects by following the recommended schedule. The "what's in the vial" section is helpful in that it correctly lists "fetal cells" as an ingredient in many vaccines, as well as "antibiotics" "mercury" "egg proteins" "yeast proteins" "adjuvants(aluminum)"and "chemicals (formaldehyde)". However, this app only lists a handful of the actual ingredients in vaccines. It would be much more useful to include actual PDFs of the CDC's "vaccine excipients list", where you can look up the specific ingredients included in each vaccine. This app does not mention the use of polysorbate 80, for example.
Very well-done. Perhaps one addition: what if in the "schedule" section there was at least rudimentary info about the diseases being prevented? Like you click on rotavirus, and it tells you what it is, why it's dangerous, etc.
- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- 5.6 MB
- Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- English, German, Northern Sami, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- © The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.