Vaccine Education Center

Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fear

Watch 'Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fear' to find answers to the most commonly asked questions about vaccines.

Vaccines and Your Baby

Watch 'Vaccines and Your Baby' to get the basic facts about vaccines.

Vaccinate Your Baby

Vaccinate Your Baby is a program of Every Child by Two that provides news and information for parents about immunizations.

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Welcome to the Vaccine Education Center

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Vaccine Education Center provides complete, up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines to parents and healthcare professionals.

The Vaccine Education Center is a member of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Vaccine Safety Net because our website meets the criteria for credibility and content as defined by the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety. Learn more about the WHO’s Vaccine Safety Net»

Vaccine snapshot

Vaccines have literally transformed the landscape of medicine over the course of the 20th century. Before vaccines, parents in the United States could expect that every year:

However, the disappearance of many childhood diseases has led some parents to question whether vaccines are still necessary. Further, a growing number of parents are concerned that vaccines may actually cause other diseases. Although unfounded, these concerns have caused some parents to delay vaccines or withhold them altogether from their children.

Vaccine Education Center resources

Parents PACK

The Center has also established the Parents PACK program to develop a dialogue with parents, provide frequent vaccine information, and establish a place for parents to get up-to-date information and answers to questions about vaccines.

Vaccine Update for Healthcare Professionals

The Center offers the Vaccine Update program for healthcare professionals. The program was designed to make it easier for healthcare providers to stay up-to-date on vaccine news, research and developments. The program includes free webinars, monthly e-newsletters and mailings containing sample materials and announcements when new or revised information is available.

*Members of the public interested in materials offered through the Vaccine Update program can view the materials directly through the Vaccine Update website.

Reviewed by: Paul A. Offit, MD
Date: March 2013

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.


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