Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
April 2019

A brother's disease. A mother's worry. A daughter's vaccine.

Vaccine Education Center at CHOP Parents PACK newsletterGeorgie Wiggins wrote letters — first to the queen of England, then to the prime minister, the minister of health, and all the way down to her local hospital staff — trying to make sure her daughter, Amanda, was one of the first children in the United Kingdom to receive the polio vaccine.
Later, their family lived in Zambia helping administer medical aid, including vaccines, to those in need. Georgie’s fierce belief in science and vaccines was depicted in how she lived.
Recently, the Vaccine Education Center (VEC) caught up with Georgie’s daughter, Amanda McIntosh, to talk about Georgie’s life, why vaccines were so important to her, and how her efforts to show that importance affected her family.

News & Notes

CDC video shows what to expect after vaccinations

In the third video of the CDC series, How Vaccines Work, viewers can learn about the minor side effects children may experience after getting a vaccine.

VEC director gets 'Down in the Mumps'

The National Public Radio affiliate WHYY recently featured Dr. Paul Offit, VEC Director, as a guest of The Why podcast to discuss a local university mumps outbreak and talk about why mumps outbreaks are occurring on college campuses. Dr. Offit also addressed college outbreaks of mumps as part of a VEC news feature video.

A rusty nail and tetanus: Is this connection correct?

Why is a mention of tetanus often immediately followed by the thought of a rusty nail? Check out this story from Live Science to find out. Live Science also recently wrote about a young boy from Oregon who got tetanus after his parents chose not to vaccinate him. He was the first person in the state to be infected with tetanus in more than 30 years.

National Infant Immunization Week is a great time to check your entire family's vaccine needs

The 25th anniversary celebration of National Infant Immunization Week is April 27 to May 4. Given the disease outbreaks in the news lately, it’s a good time to make sure your family members are up to date on their vaccines. You can also share important information about infant vaccines with any new or expectant parents you know by using the VEC’s Vaccines and Your Baby booklet.

Updated autism Q&A sheet

The VEC recently updated its Q&A newsletter, Vaccines and Autism: What you should know. It is also available in Spanish.

Just the Vax Trivia Corner

What famous 1970s/1980s singer caught polio during the 1951 pandemic?

  1. Freddie Mercury
  2. Jon Bon Jovi
  3. Neil Young
  4. John Lennon
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