Kelly Gets a Vaccine written by Lauren and Adam Block and illustrated by Debbie Rahmalia is the third book in their Kelly series. To learn more about Lauren and Adam Block, listen to our podcast here!
Their third book, Kelly Gets a Vaccine takes the reader through the final journey of getting the vaccine. Although the COVID-19 vaccine is not available to children yet under 16 (or 18 depending on the vaccine), I think it’s important to begin discussing the topic with your children. Children are curious and ask many questions! After reading this book with your child, many of the questions they might ask can be answered.
The story begins with a conversation between Kelly and her younger brother Joey, who is worried about getting the vaccine that day at the doctor’s office. Throughout the book, Kelly asks questions about the vaccine, how it works and what to expect after getting the shot. The authors do an excellent job of explaining a complex topic in a way that children can understand, which is key.
The book also discusses vaccines in general and how they work. When reading this book with my son, he learned so much and got many of his questions answered such as “When will I get my vaccine?” “How do vaccines work?”, “Why is is taking so long to get the vaccines for everyone?”, etc. I also love the vocabulary opportunities when reading this book such as the term “herd immunity” and “immune responses”.
This book is also free for download! To download the book, click here!
To learn more about the book, visit KellyGetsaVaccine.com.
Interview with Lauren and Adam Block
Lauren Block MD MPH is a primary care physician, Associate Professor at Zucker School of Medicine, and mom of three. She graduated from Yale College, Harvard Medical School, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Adam E. Block PhD is a health economist, Assistant Professor of Public Health at New York Medical College, and father of three. He received his PhD from Harvard and worked in Washington, DC helping to draft and implement the Affordable Care Act.
Can you tell me about your book, Kelly Gets a Vaccine?
Kelly Gets A Vaccine: How We Beat Coronavirus is about the next step in the battle against the pandemic. Science has discovered, not one but multiple vaccines to trigger an immune response so the body can be prepared to fight coronavirus and win if it ever encounters the virus. This will then result in fewer people having the virus, fewer transmitting it to each other and the virus slowly will exit the community, which is something called herd immunity. These are all complex steps and they take time and we wanted to explain them to children.