Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Page last updated: 01 June 2020

Description of the website

The website of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (VEC) is a member of the WHO-led project Vaccine Safety Net (VSN).

The Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (VEC) was launched in October 2000 to provide accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent.

The Center, through its websites, videos, informational tear sheets, e-newsletters, webinars and speaker programs, seeks to dispel some of the common misconceptions and misinformation surrounding vaccines. The goal of our team is to communicate the facts about each vaccine as well as how vaccines are made, how and why vaccines work, who recommends them, whether they are safe, whether they are still necessary, and when they should be given.

The website includes content related to all aspects of vaccines, including vaccine safety. Additionally, the website houses most VEC resources including Q&A sheets, booklets, and videos. Materials can be viewed or printed from the website. The VEC has several programs and projects for specific audiences including the Parents PACK program for parents; the Vaccine Update healthcare provider program, and The Vaccine Makers Project which offers free resources for use in classrooms.

The Center also offers unique opportunities to learn about vaccines or get vaccine-related information, such as the “Just the Vax” trivia game; a free mobile app, Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know; and the sponsored the creation of the award-winning documentary, HILLEMAN: A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children which includes exclusive interviews, rare archival footage, and novel 3-D animations.

Website’s sponsorship policy

The Vaccine Education Center is funded by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The Center does not receive support from vaccine manufacturers

Website’s content or editorial policy

Materials are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy. (Located at the bottom of pages that contain vaccine-related content.)