This website, developed by the Immunization Action Coalition, contains a collection of educational material for health professionals and the public regarding immunizations for approximately 21 diseases such as tetanus, smallpox, anthrax, pneumococcal, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, etc . . . Answers to frequently asked questions, photos, streaming videos, case histories, official recommendations, references, and links to organizations and resources are contained within the site in an attempt to provide the health care provider or the lay person with information about the vaccines used for the immunization of various diseases across the life span. The site also contains links to state by state immunization guidelines and there is a section that covers topics of special interest such as, (a) travel vaccines, (b) international adoption, (c) tattooing and body piercing, (d) vaccination and pregnancy, (e) immunization and health care workers, and (f) tips for finding old immunization records. All of the material is in English and some of the material is in Spanish.
Type of Material:
Collection of photos, streaming videos, websites, case studies, official recommendations, references, and links to organizations, and resources along with answers to frequently asked questions.
Recommended uses include presentations, homework assignments in general health classes and public health classes including program planning and community health.It can be used as a supplemental resource to teach at the high school level, college level, and in the health care setting.
It can also serve as a great resource for the public when they are seeking out any information about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines. For example, many people in the community were seeking answers to questions about the safety and efficacy of the HINI and the pneumococcal vaccine. This site could serve as a resource to answer their questions and concerns.
There are no specific requirements except if the learner wants to view a video. Technical requirements can vary depending on the video selected. These requirements can include, (a) Adobe Flash player, (b) QuickTime player, (c) Real Player, (d), Windows Media Player, and (e) website to access the YouTube videos.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Students will be able to:
* Identify symptoms of diseases
* Discuss who needs vaccinations and when they are needed for various diseases
* Understand why vaccinations are important
* Discuss the risks and benefits of vaccinations
Target Student Population:
The target population is the health care provider and the lay person; however, this material has a number of links to organizations and websites that could supplement course material or course discussions at the high school and college level.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic computer knowledge will be needed to maneuver through the website. In addition, basic computer knowledge will be needed if the learner needs to download Adobe Flash player, QuickTime player, Real Player, and Windows Media Player.
The content is valid, accurate, and reliable; the content contains relevant information with links to references, resources, and organizations that are appropriate and valid; the content is up-to-date and very appropriate; the content is in English and some of the content is also in Spanish; some of the information contained in the site that reads "Courtesy of" can be used without further permission.
Material is pulled from a variety of sources and both quality and type of information varies. Videos are in various formats and require different types of video players. Videos are not clearly labelled as to content - some are clips showing symptoms, others are campaign PSAs.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The content is presented clearly; it is effective and contains a vast amount of information. It includes case histories, photos, and videos that will appeal to multiple learning styles.
Information is pulled from many sources.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The material contained in this website is self-contained and easy to navigate. It is clear which diseases and vaccines are discussed by the menu on the side of the screen.
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