Category Archives: Parent Resources

Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor


There are far too few children’s books on vaccines. Too many children are scared and confused about vaccines and it’s time we start the dialog. Our little ones are curious creatures who could benefit from knowing more about why they have to roll up their sleeves for vaccines.

Today, there’s a new children’s book on the shelves that discusses the topic of vaccination: Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor.

Author Ann D. Koffsky offers lots to talk about in this interesting children’s book beautifully illustrated by Talitha Shipman. Continue reading

Hand, Foot, and Mouth: If you have kids, this is a must read!

A virus that causes the hand, foot, and mouth disease has plagued my home. And since it’s taken over my days and nights, I feel the need to pull something positive from it.  I want all of you parents to know how to spot it, how to handle it, and how to protect other children from getting sickStevie's hand.

My son, Stevie, was the first to get sick, and now my daughter has it too. I’m going to share our story along with some helpful information incase this takes over your home. I also want to share the pictures I took of my son and daughter.

What is hand foot and mouth?

This is a disease caused usually by Coxsackievirus A-16 and less frequently by Enterovirus 71. This virus usually affects small children (Infants to 5 years) much worse than it does for older children and adults.

What does it look like?

Stevie's FootHand, foot, and mouth begins with a mild fever (101 F-102 F), diminished appetite, sore throat, and a general feeling of being sick. A few days after the fever begins, painful sores develop in the mouth. The sores usually begin in the back of the mouth but may move to the inside of the cheeks, tongue, gums, and lips. These sores may begin as red dots and tend to develop into blisters that may pop, leaving lesions or ulcers. This rash is then seen on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, knees, genital  area, and lower calf.Stevie's Toe

My son came down with the fever first, as is typical. I figured he was coming down with a little something and didn’t think much of it. A few days later he would not eat, was incredibly cranky, and just not himself. That night a few sores had appeared on his butt, calves, and feet. He did not sleep that night. In the morning his palms, calves, bottom, and feet were covered in terrible oozing blisters and red-purple spots. The next few days were long. He wouldn’t eat, wouldn’t sleep, and couldn’t be put down. After four days of not eating, still having high fevers, and the worst blisters I’ve ever seen, I took him in to see a doctor. Like I figured, there wasn’t much he could do to help him, but he did tell me that Stevie’s case was the worst case he had ever seen. That’s why I wanted to share this story and these photos. Continue reading

Banding Together with Parents For Vaccination

Herd immunity. You may have heard this term before, but if you haven’t, herd immunity occurs when most of a community’s citizens are vaccinated against a disease. Those that are vaccinated act as a shield to block disease from spreading to those who are unable to get the vaccine. The unvaccinated in such instances are those who are too sick/allergic/too young for a specific vaccine.

Herd immunity has waned due to the rise in unvaccinated people. This is especially scary in places where large pockets of communities are unvaccinated. Many children, even those who have been vaccinated, have a higher probability of getting sick, because not all vaccines are 100% effective.

Some communities in California have the highest populations of unvaccinated children in the United States.

Los Angeles-based mom, Trisha Gum, has been asking herself if she should be sending her children to play with children who have not been vaccinated. Her children have been vaccinated, yet they’re not entirely protected in communities with dwindling herd immunity. Continue reading

New resources available from CHOP

I am always happy to hear that there are new parent resources available from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and CHOP’s Vaccine Education Center (VEC). This is one of my favorite and most trust-worthy sources of vaccine-related information for parents.

All the new goodies from CHOP and the VEC:

The VEC also released a really great app, “Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know”, last year with lots of vaccine information for parents.

As always, CHOP and it’s VEC are keeping us informed! Thanks so much!

“Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know” Mobile App By CHOP



I have been a huge fan of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for as long as I have been studying vaccines. Their Vaccine Education Center (VEC) has been one of my go-tos for information that I know I can trust.

Being a researcher, I know there’s a lot of bad vaccine information out there. And it’s so hard as a parent to know what resources are trust worthy. I want to give CHOP my support and praise for being one of the best.

That being said, I am so thankful for CHOP’s new mobile vaccine information app! The app is called Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know, and provides quick vaccine information to parents whenever and wherever you may need it. VEC app - vaccines - chickenpox - timeline

The app is completely free and easy to download. It lists the vaccine schedule, all of the vaccines, gives information on the diseases they prevent, shows safety information, and so much more. There are also great videos, games, and a convenient “notes for the doctor” button so you can gather all of your questions in one place. Everything you need.

This is such an amazing resource that I couldn’t help recommend it to all parents. You will be very happy with this one!

For more information on the app, including a link to download, visit CHOP’s Vaccine Mobile App site.