The science of vaccines can be . . . daunting. The lists of ingredients and potential side effects make us want to second guess ourselves and our children’s providers. We need to be sure we’re making safe choices.
And the complicated schedules! They’re enough to make sane people pound their heads.
The folks at the Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have a gift for presenting the complexities of vaccines and attending issues in a way that’s easy to understand yet comprehensive in scope.
The VEC website has a special section for parents and adults of all ages. While there, you can sign up for the Parents PACK newsletter to get monthly immunization updates. In the March issue, there’s a timely post on measles and the dangers of rubella parties.
You’ll also find age-specific information on vaccines and the diseases they prevent. There are FAQs, but if you can’t find your question, you can send it in via a form provided on the site.
The VEC has created a library of educational materials on specific vaccines and commonly asked questions. These resources range from information sheets to more consumer-friendly bookmarks and brochures.
To keep information fresh, the VEC pens a monthly “Ask the VEC” on a myriad of topics.
Starting in 2011, the VEC will present three or four webinars a year addressing evolving issues, recent ACIP meetings, new science and media reports.
There are layers and layers of information available on the website, for those of us who feel more is better. And what parent doesn’t?
The VEC staff constantly works at sifting vaccine fact from fiction and explaining the difference in ways we can all understand. If you have questions, they’re worth checking out.