For educators: Vaccine lesson plan

Nice! Apples and Honey/ Behrman House is offering their Hot Topic lesson plan about vaccines free for a limited time. Just click on the line of brown text over here.  

Hanukkah GIVEAWAY of Judah Maccabee!

ENTER TO WIN a free copy of Judah Macabbee Goes to the Doctor! 

To enter, leave a comment below that either 1)says the favorite Hanukkah present you ever gave or received or 2) gives a shout-out to your favorite medical professional! 




Skeptical Raptor review

Children’s book review – “Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor” for vaccine

Judah Vs. the Antivaxxers!

Judah Maccabee Versus the Anti-Vaxxers

Two coloring pages for Judah

Thanks to fab illustrator Talitha Shipman for these two coloring pages for Hanukkah/ Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor! Just click on the images, and print.


Vaccine Mom’s review

Go and look–fantastic review from the Vaccine Mom!


Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor

How to help your kid get through shots

The LI Pediatric Treasure Chest!

Today, I took one of my kids for a yearly check-up. He’s taller than I am these days, so I  had a chance to chat with the receptionists at Long Island Pediatrics, Pam and Christine. Here is some of that conversation:


ANN: Hi, ladies. So, you get to see lots of kids come through waiting for shots?

P&C: (both nod heads vigorously.)

ANN: How are the kids? What’s their mood?

P&C: Terrified!

ANN: So, all these kids in this situation day after day, what’s your advice to parents? What works? What really doesn’t work?

C: When the parents sit and talk the kids through it. That’s what really works. 

P: And when they promise prizes! 

ANN: Aha ! So I see lollipops and stickers, those are your prizes?

P&C: And the treasure chest (points)

ANN: So what do some parents do that really doesn’t work?

P&C: Yelling at them, screaming at them. Telling them to toughen up. Instead, they need to let the kids know how important the shots are, how it will keep them from being sick. 

ANN: And promising them a prize.

P&C: (both nod heads vigorously.)


Well, their you have it. Sound advice from the trenches! 


(And of course…reading Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor might help, too. There is one in the LI Pediatrics waiting room…)




Dr. Robert Koppel


“Perfect for the kid about to get his yearly check-up, this book [Judah Maccabee] explains how vaccinations work in the context of a kid-friendly, fun story. I’m proud to have been the medical consultant for it.”

-Robert Koppel, MD

Dr. Robert Koppel is a neonatologist at Cohen Children’s medical of center of NY, and the medical director of the regional perinatal center at the Long Island Jewish medical center. 




He was also SO helpful for this book–Thank you!


Of Maccabees and vaccines

In the Jewish Press.

Vaccines: Can you share?

Is it OK to tell others about an unvaccinated kid?


Come and read the Ethicist‘s answer.