Children's Hospital of Philadelphia launches new mobile vaccine app

A new mobile app could allow parents and doctors to stay up-to-date on reliable information about the safety and science of vaccines, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia announced on Friday.

The hospital's Vaccine Education Center launched Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know, an app meant to assist parents and doctors with vaccine decisions. The app provides parents with extensive resources from the VEC website that they can access anywhere to find immediate answers to questions related to childhood immunizations.

The app, which is available for the iPhone, includes comprehensive information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent, vaccine safety topics like autism, vaccine schedules, thimerosal and too many vaccines at once, recommended immunization schedules for teens, children and adults and the types of vaccines and how they're made.

Vaccines on the Go also includes additional features such as graphics to depict disease characteristics, links to videos about vaccines, vaccine-related games, a place to save questions for the next doctor's visit, the opportunity to email questions to the VEC and links to other VEC resources like question and answer sheets and booklets.

The Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was established in October 2000 to provide parents and health professionals with scientifically accurate and up-to-date information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent.