Baton Rouge Parents Magazine June 2021

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MOM PUBLISHES CORONAVIRUS BOOK Scary things happen, and dealing with COVID-19 changes is one of the scarier things our little ones have had to manage in their short lives. Making sense of scariness is a process, and books always help. A local mom and educator has written one to help explain coronavirus to kids. What in the World is the Coronavirus? features main character Jalen dealing with not being able to do his favorite activities because of COVID-19. With

vibrant illustrations, the book includes characters from around the world and shares skills and safety precautions readers can take such as good hand hygiene, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing masks, and practicing social distancing. The book is available on Amazon. ■


Science marches on to fight COVID-19, and Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine has received FDA emergency use authorization for ages 12-15. “In order to achieve the two-thirds threshold necessary for herd immunity, childhood vaccinations are a key component,” says Miguela Caniza, MD MPH, director of the St. Jude Global Infectious Diseases Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “As vaccine hesitancy and the spread of variants become a growing crisis, being able to vaccinate children safely and effectively against COVID-19 will be a critically important step in helping us to control the virus.” Various vaccination options exist in our area, including an effort targeting teenagers in East Baton Rouge Parish schools. ■ B R PA R E N T S . C O M | J U N E 2 0 2 1