Updated for COVID-19, Vaccine Handbook App Now Available for Android and iOS Devices

Fully updated for COVID-19 and accessible on Android devices for the first time, the latest version of the Vaccine Handbook App, a comprehensive, practical resource for information about vaccination and vaccine-preventable diseases, is now available.

The app provides free, easy access to the full content of the upcoming 10th edition of The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, an indispensable compendium of up-to-date information for vaccine providers, educators, and advocates. First released in 2016 for iOS devices, the app puts the content of the popular handbook, also known as “The Purple Book,” at the user’s fingertips. Fully searchable, the app allows bookmarking, highlighting, annotation, and hyperlinked navigation throughout the handbook’s content and to external online resources related to child and adult immunization. A text-to-speech option is also available.

“The vaccine universe has gotten so complicated, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and there’s a tsunami of information,” said Gary S. Marshall, MD, author of The Vaccine Handbook and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Norton Children’s, affiliated with the University of Louisville School of Medicine. “The purpose of the app and the handbook is to draw vaccine science and practical aspects of vaccine practice together into an accessible, comprehensive, easy-to-understand resource that is useful in the private office, public health clinic, academic medical center, hospital, and classroom.”

In addition to new content on vaccines to prevent COVID-19, the app includes updates on the science of in vivo expressed subunit vaccines, emergency use authorization for vaccines, and maintaining routine immunizations during the pandemic. Timely updates on other vaccines and related issues, including how to address concerns about vaccines, are also provided.

With more than 19,000 registered users to date, the Vaccine Handbook App is one part of the Comprehensive Vaccine Education Program—From Training to Practice, developed by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) to help combat vaccine misinformation and address vaccine hesitancy. The program includes the Collaboration for Vaccine Education and Research (CoVER), an interactive online learning curriculum designed to enhance vaccine knowledge and facilitate communication with patients and families. Recent additions to the curriculum address human papillomavirus, influenza, and COVID-19 vaccines. The app and the CoVER modules are available free of charge through unrestricted educational grants to the PIDS Foundation from GlaxoSmithKline; Merck & Co., Inc.; Sanofi Pasteur US; Pfizer, Inc.; Seqirus USA, Inc.; and Valneva USA, Inc.

“Thousands of clinicians have found the Vaccine Handbook App to be an indispensable tool that enhances vaccine delivery in their practices,” said PIDS President Kristina A. Bryant, MD. “Our vision at PIDS is freedom from infection for all children, including freedom from vaccine-preventable diseases. Our partnership with the handbook app furthers that vision.”

Visit https://eyeofthetigertech.com/vaccinehandbook to download the Vaccine Handbook App to your device.

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