Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
English, some Spanish resources
Audience: members of the public and health-care providers
VEC's website offers resources of special interest to all parents, including two videos, "Vaccines: separating fact from fear" that addresses common concerns regarding vaccine safety, and "Vaccines and your baby", designed for the new or expectant parent. The videos can be viewed on-line in their entirety or by individual segment, and are available in English and Spanish. The site also includes sections such as "Frequently asked questions" and "Hot topics", as well as "A look at each vaccine", which describes the disease that each vaccine is preventing, how the vaccine is made, and side effects of each vaccine.
The VEC was launched in October 2000 to provide accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information about childhood vaccines, and the diseases they prevent, to parents and health-care professionals. It is staffed by a team of scientists, physicians, mothers and fathers.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia holds the distinction of being the first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children in the the United States of America.
Sections of this site are updated as necessary based on new or changing information.
Date of primary evaluation: July 2004
Date of most recent evaluation: February 2012