Monday, June 16, 2014

Mobile Spotlight: CDC Vaccination Schedule App for iOS available

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a smartphone version of the 2014 adult & child vaccination schedules.

2014 CDC Vaccine Schedules app for clinicians and other health care professionals offers you immediate access to CDC’s latest recommended immunization schedules. See childhood, adolescent, adult and catch-up vaccine schedules and footnotes on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch devices. Download this free app from the iTunes App Store.

While it's a great app, some limitations exist, specifically:

  •  "No functionality to input a child’s age and current vaccines to get a personalized catch-up vaccine list." (the CDC web-based interactive vaccine catch-up site does offer personalized catch-up lists)
  • No "ability to print, email or open the links and embedded PDFs in any other app."
  • "...while the app has a useful list of contraindications and precautions to commonly used adult vaccines, there is no analogue for pediatric vaccines — users have to look within each vaccine individually to find that data, which is not available for every vaccine."
Overall, it's about time the CDC came up with a mobile version of their vaccine schedules. It remains to be seen how fast it will update when new schedules are issued, which as you know, change every year. 

Read a full review by Dr. Eli Specher at imedicalapps: