The Vaccine Makers Project, produced by Medical History Pictures and sponsored by the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, seeks to engage audiences in stories of vaccine science and development. The crown jewels of the project include a biographical documentary film, HILLEMAN – A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children, and a school-based curriculum consisting of two units ready for use in the classroom. The curriculum aims to educate students about how the immune system works, how diseases develop and how vaccines work to prevent them. While the immediate goal is to provide teachers with the information and tools necessary to teach this scientific success story, the greater opportunity is not only to immunize our country’s next generation of parents against the misconceptions around vaccine safety, but also to equip them to critically evaluate the multitude of science-based topics central to how we live on and interact with this planet today. Only when people understand and consider the scientific underpinnings of relevant topics can we expect that they will be equipped to make informed and logical decisions.
The Vaccine Makers Project is designed to 1) engage audiences in stories of vaccine science and development 2) introduce a framework by which other science-based topics can be evaluated and 3) excite people about the process of and potential benefits from scientific discoveries and accomplishments.
The Vaccine Makers Project is committed to public education about vaccine science via scientifically defensible, historically accurate and emotionally compelling content.