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.

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Baby’s Immune System on Breast Milk

It is known through countless studies that breastfed babies have a lower instance of infection. There is also a huge increase of infection in weaning children at the time when the protection of the breast milk is diminished. So, not only is breast milk an amazing source of nutrition for newborns and infants, it provides the baby’s immune system with some great protection.

So, how does this work?

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What to do if you think you or your child has had a severe reaction to a vaccine

One of the most serious problems that can occur with getting any vaccine is a severe allergic reaction. If this were to happen, it would most likely happen within a few minutes to a couple of hours after getting a vaccine. Even though this is rare, it’s important to seek medical help if this occurs.

  • Signs of a severe allergic reaction:
    • Hives
    • Swelling of the face and/or throat
    • Difficulty breathing, wheezing and/or hoarseness
    • Rapid heartbeat
    • Dizziness
    • Weakness
    • Paleness

Other indicators that your child may have had a serious reaction to a vaccine:

  • Very high fever
  • Behavioral changes

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Diphtheria, Tetanus, and acellular Pertussis (DTaP) Vaccine

The DTaP vaccine protects your child from getting tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (whooping cough). All three of these are potentially life-threatening bacterial infections.



The bacteria the causes tetanus is called Clostridium tetani and is often found in the soil. In the United States, tetanus is most often transmitted through a break in the skin, such as a deep puncture, like stepping on a nail. However, injuries that involve dead skin (burns, frostbite, gangrene, crush injuries, etc.) are more likely to cause tetanus. Wounds contaminated with soil, saliva, or feces, and that are not properly cleaned, as well as punctures with non sterile needles are at an increased risk for tetanus.

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Herd Immunity

Vaccinating your child is the one way that you can shield them from getting some seriously harmful diseases. But did you know that when you vaccinate your child you are also helping to keep other children safe from harmful diseases? You are! And you are especially helping prevent disease in those children who are too sick to get vaccines for themselves. A phenomenon called herd immunity occurs when most of the people in a community are vaccinated against a disease, leaving no one to carry it, and thus, protecting those people who cannot be vaccinated. This way, even those who are not eligible for certain vaccines—such as babies, pregnant women, or people who are sick with immune system-compromising illnesses—get some protection.