UPMC Health Plan Creates ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ Audio Story to Prepare Children For Vaccinations

By: Denise Hughes

UPMC Health Plan partnered with Fred Rogers Productions to create a Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood audio story to support caregivers as they talk to children younger than 5 about getting vaccines—whether it’s the flu shot, a COVID-19 vaccine, or another well-child vaccination.

The free, four-minute audio story is available now on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices. Caregivers and their children can listen to the story on Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant devices by saying, “Ask UPMC Health Plan for a Daniel Tiger story.”

The story details Daniel’s efforts to be brave as he prepares to get a vaccine at his doctor’s office. It is broken into three parts: Daniel’s nervous feelings, Daniel getting the shot, and a celebration after Daniel gets his shot.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is an Emmy Award-winning, animated preschool program that models age-appropriate life lessons, strategies, and skills for children. It was the first TV series inspired by the iconic “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and it invites young viewers into the world of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger.

“Fred Rogers’ legacy is one of supporting children and their emotional and development needs. Our audio story partnership with Fred Rogers’ Productions continues this important legacy,” said Diane Holder, president, and chief executive officer of UPMC Health Plan. “This story is a great way to help our youngest neighbors get more comfortable with going to the doctor for vaccinations and other important health care services.”

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood has the ability to help children and caregivers through challenging moments in their growth and learning journey,” said Paul Siefken, president and CEO of Fred Rogers Productions. “It is exciting to have the opportunity to reach families in a new way as Daniel models the process of getting a shot for little ones.”

For more information about UPMC Health Plan, visit upmchealthplan.com

To learn more about Fred Rogers Production, visit fredrogers.org