Understanding Vaccines ECHO-TV Program

Minnesota Department of Health's (MDH) Immunization Program, Communications Office, and Office of Emergency Preparedness are pleased to offer a show about vaccines for the public. This show was produced by the ECHO-TV (Emergency and Community Health Outreach) collaborative.

Developed as an educational and outreach tool to explain the basics on why people need vaccines, how they work, and where to get them, the DVD contains a 20-minute show in seven languages. They originally aired on public television in Minnesota in the spring of 2010.

The program is in the following seven languages:

  • English
  • Hmong
  • Khmer
  • Lao
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese.

Each version was taped using bilingual and bicultural hosts and healthcare providers. Content was written by MDH Immunization Program staff. All non-English programs are subtitled in English.

Although the content of the shows varies slightly, each version has these key messages in common:

  • Getting vaccinated protects you against disease – by teaching your body to fight disease germs.
  • Getting vaccinated and vaccinating your family also helps to protect your entire community.
  • Vaccines are tested – and their use is monitored – to help ensure their safety.

Show Formats

The show is available in DVD and web-streaming formats.


Updated Thursday, 05-Jul-2012 09:11:21 CDT