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Vaccines iPhone App

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Updated February 11, 2009

Get the childhood immunization schedule on your iPhone.

Get the childhood immunization schedule on your iPhone.

Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

The Bottom Line

Vaccines is a simple and easy to use iPhone app that is available from the iTunes store for $3.99 and which will provide pediatricians and other health care providers with a handy reference of child and adult immunizations.

Pros

  • Presents an age-specific vaccine schedule.
  • Information on the catch-up immunization schedule for kids who are behind on their shots.
  • Includes the updated 2009 childhood immunization schedule.

Cons

  • Doesn't help you in certain situations, like an 8 or 9 year old who needs a tetanus shot.
  • Doesn't include the handy links to vaccine websites like their Jaundice app does.

Description

  • Get the latest immunization schedule on your iPhone or iPod touch.
  • Includes all footnotes from the CDC immunization schedule.
  • View an age-specific vaccine schedule or the full vaccine schedule.
  • Helps you figure out the catch-up schedule for kids who are behind on their vaccines.

Guide Review - Vaccines iPhone App

Vaccines is a handy iPhone app that will be helpful to pediatricians and other health care providers who are involved in giving vaccines to children.

Need to know what vaccines to give a child when she is 6 months, 15 months, or 12 years old? Just pull out your iPhone and Vaccines app and look it up.

What about the child who is behind on their immunizations? That is one of the more difficult things to figure out when giving immunizations, but with the Vaccines app, you can simply look it up on the included catch-up schedule.

What's Missing?

Since the Vaccine app simply claims to provide 'quick access to immunization schedules recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),' it is hard to say that there is anything missing. The CDC immunization schedule doesn't even mention that a 9 year old who needs protection against tetanus should get the DT vaccine, since he is too old for DTaP and too young for Tdap.

Some improvements I would like to see though include:

  • A reference page with links to useful vaccine websites, like the MMWR references in the footnotes, AAP, CDC, VAERS, and immunize.org.
  • More information besides what is available in the immunization schedule to make it a more complete reference tool, such as each immunization's Vaccine Information Statement and links to their package insert.
  • A listing of available vaccines, including combination vaccines.
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