We have witnessed in real time the devastating effects of a disease for which we have essentially no defense. That is why society must rely on the same principles that saved lives during the Spanish flu (1918): closing businesses and eliminating social gatherings. This tragedy has laid before us the indisputable fact that vaccinations save lives and economies from near ruin.
In addition, with outbreaks of preventable childhood diseases occurring around the world, vaccine hesitancy is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be one of “Ten Threats to Global Health in 2019.” That’s right up there with climate change, HIV, and flu pandemic (for which there is NO vaccine). Not one to shy away from controversy, I endeavor to offer fundamental facts on this topic and encourage everyone to seek out reliable resources to further their knowledge. Examples are: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In taking my own children to the doctor for shots, I do not recall any explanation of vaccine benefits. I was handed a sheet of paper; my child was poked in the leg, and off I went with a crying kid! Now you can provide your child with an explanation of vaccines that they will understand. Ava Antibody Explains: Your Body and Vaccines is a valuable educational tool, introducing the immune system and basic role of vaccines in preventing sickness to children. Ava even explains herd immunity! This book provides a true inside look at how vaccinations defend against illness without having to endure the illness itself.
Ava will have many more adventures inside the body!
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