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Kelly Gets a Vaccine: How We Beat Coronavirus

by Lauren Block MD MPH and Adam Block PhD

Illustrated by Debby Rahmalia

Discover along with 8 year old Kelly the science behind the COVID-19 vaccine, what to expect during and after the vaccine, and how vaccination will help us begin to move beyond the pandemic.

Authors of "Kelly Stays Home: The Science of Coronavirus" and

"Kelly Goes Back to School: More Science on Coronavirus" which have been downloaded over 25,000 times are back with their most important book yet on how the vaccine works and the importance of being vaccinated.

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How does it work? asks Kelly. 

One type of vaccine is called an mRNA vaccine. This is a new kind of vaccine made using a protein that the COVID-19 virus has that people do not have.

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The small piece of virus you are injected with is harmless. It tricks your cells to make the outside coating of the coronavirus without the rest of the virus. Once your body makes the coronavirus protein coating, your immune system can see if any coronavirus enters and has already built an army to attack it.

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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.

Lauren and Adam live on Long Island with their 7 year old twins Brandon and Elise, four year old Jordan and Zoe, the most loved dog in the world. Our family loves eating dinner outside, going to the beach and 80s music.

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Major Media Coverage

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Good Morning Connecticut January 8, 2021

ABC Nightly News Feature (2 min video)

World News Now (NATIONAL)

Newsday:  Kelly Goes Back To School

Port Washington couple writes COVID-19 book to educate kids about going back to school

Newsday: Kelly Stays Home

Psychology Today

by Susan Newman, PhD 5/18/20

Kelly Stays Home: The Science of Coronavirus

by Lauren Block MD MPH and Adam Block PhD

Illustrated by Alex Brissenden

PRINT VERSION NOW available from Amazon!



eBook now available via Apple Books, Barnes and Noble or Smashwords

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“What is a virus?” asks Kelly as Joey climbs on his mother’s lap.
“A virus is a tiny germ. It is so small that if you piled the virus on top of each other it would take about a thousand to be the same thickness as a piece of paper or a hair.  It has little spikes on the outside that work like glue and stick to everything like Velcro.”

Your immune system, which fights infections, is very smart. The cells in your immune system learn about the virus and know how to stop it when it comes back. The immune cells make a microscopic army of antibodies which remember the infection and how to stop it, so that if you ever see the illness again, your body can fight it before it makes you sick.

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Why we wrote Kelly Stays Home

After months treating COVID-19 patients in New York City this is what we teach our children about the science behind the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is the only children's book that goes into depth on the science behind the spread of coronavirus, how the virus causes the symptoms it does, and how vaccines contribute to herd immunity. You and your children will understand why the virus spreads so rapidly, how handwashing and social distancing can prevent transmission, how kids can help others during the pandemic, how people who become ill are treated in the hospital, and how you can protect your family from infection.

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