Regardless of the languages we speak, or where we live, we share a common purpose: to give our children a healthy start in life. Start early with routine immunizations to protect children from dangerous diseases. This section provides information on vaccine recommendations for children and adolescents.
Immunizations are not just for children! PIC is dedicated to achieving and maintaining full immunization protection for all Philadelphians. From birth through the senior years, immunizations will play an important role in your health, the health of your family, and the health of your community. This section provides resources and accurate information on adult immunizations.
Resources to help pregnant women and their families stay healthy.
It takes a coordinated effort by healthcare professionals to deliver and administer vaccines. PIC is dedicated to providing accurate information and current resources them the physicians, nurses, medical assistants, and clerical staff who work in immunizations.
Where to find travel vaccinations and the latest recommendations can be found here.
As you are aware, there has been significant media attention on vaccines and PIC would like to provide you with information, journal articles, sample talking points and other resources to assist you with understanding the issue so you can appropriately respond to inquiries in your local communities. VAERS 2.0 includes a new reporting form and a new website that allows you to submit a VAERS report electronically, access VAERS data, and learn about how the CDC and FDA monitor the safety of vaccines. You can use the Online Reporting Tool or complete a VAERS pdf form and upload it to the new website. Current information and recent articles on vaccine safety research can be found from The Institute for Vaccine Safety and Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, which provide independent assessment of vaccines and vaccine safety issues www.vaccinesafety.edu. The Sabin Vaccine Institute is a non-profit public organization that promotes the rapid scientific advancement in vaccine development, delivery and distribution found at www.sabin.org. The Philadelphia Immunization Coalition is committed to providing useful, up to date and credible resources for you to use in addressing issues and concerns about vaccine safety. Vaccines are the best defense we have against infectious diseases. However, no vaccine is 100% safe or effective. Differences in the way individual immune systems react to a vaccine account for the rare occasions when people are not protected following immunization or when they experience side effects. It is understandable that parents have questions and concerns regarding vaccine safety and local coalitions can provide an important educational link to the public for dissemination of accurate information to ease concerns. As infectious diseases continue to decrease, some parents have become less concerned about the consequences of preventable illnesses like diphtheria and tetanus, and instead have become increasingly anxious about the risks associated with vaccines. Since vaccination is such a common, yet memorable event, any illness following immunization may be attributed to the vaccine. Increasing public awareness is necessary to maintain public confidence in immunization programs.
Link to reporting in Vaers: https://vaers.hhs.gov/index.html