The Rise of the Vaccine App

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Medicine is going digital, and vaccines are no exception. There's an increasing array of smartphone apps that allow busy parents and clinicians to check immunization schedules on their mobile phone. Some of the apps send reminders to parents, and others allow parents to keep a record at their fingertips of what immunizations their child has had. Here's a list of 6 of them:

  • Pfizer's VaxText is an app that sends personalized messages to parents to help them keep track of when their infant's next vaccination is due. The app is tailored for children aged 0-24 months, covers 15 diseases, and doesn't promote any one vaccine.
  • The CDC offer their Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule in mobile form. Also, while not a scheduling app, the CDC does offer an Influenza app that features updated information on national flu activity and ‘flu vaccine recommendations.
  • The Healthy Children app, from the American Academy of Paediatrics, allows parents to check immunization schedules.
  • ImmunizeON allows residents of Ontario to keep track of their child's immunizations, receive vaccine schedule reminders, be alerted to vaccine preventable diseases in the area, and look up information on adverse reactions.
  • The Red Book App, by the American Academy of Paediatrics, is a very comprehensive immunization information resource for clinicians and healthcare providers rather than parents. It offers the whole Red Book in mobile form.
  • SHOTS by STFM, by the Group on Immunization Education of the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine is for clinicians and healthcare providers rather than patients. The app is really quite comprehensive, giving the complete set of CDC vaccine schedules, alongside images, commentary and up-to-date information like adverse reactions and contraindications.

Do you think there are any potential problems with such mobile health apps – the need for regulatory approval, perhaps?

Do you think we will see more smartphone apps made by pharmaceutical companies in the future? Are they useful?

You can join our discussion on LinkedIn or leave a comment below, I'd love to hear what you think.

If you'd like to know more about strategy and innovation in vaccines, you might like to consider attending the World Vaccine Congress and Expo 2013 on the 16-18 April 2013, Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, Washington DC. You can download the brochure here.

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