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Better immunization records coming to a country near you.

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Do you know what date your children were immunized. Is it a document that is easily accessible and up-to-date. Did you have to remember to bring it every time you show up for a well visit with each of your children?

Good news: Thanks to a global healthcare design challenge funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation tasked designers with giving the children’s immunization record a makeover.

Immunization programs are put at risk when records don’t effectively keep an accurate history of a child’s health or identify when a child is off schedule, which is the case in many developing countries, according to the foundation.

More than 300 teams from 41 countries proposed ideas to make records clearer and more flexible as part of the Records for Life contest.

A team from Chicago-based innovation consultancy gravitytank developed the winning record and included a set of illustrative health education cards along with it. See an in-depth look at their design here.

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