Parents reaching to improve Children's Education about
Immunisation can be a complex concept to
understand and explain. It is therefore difficult for parents
to explain to their children why their needles are necessary.
Although there is plenty of general information on immunisation
available to parents, there appears to be no information targeting
the children themselves. One of our members came up with idea
of filling this resource gap with a fun educational
The book introduces the concept of
immunisation to children, and gives parents the correct information
and language to be able to discuss this. A key theme of the
book is that the theory of immunisation has not been 'dumbed' down
- the purpose of the book is to educate. However to ensure
that the book is appropriate for preschoolers, the text is short,
the book is large, the text has been written in rhyming phrases and
is accompanied by playful illustrations.
The objective of the book is to initiate
discussion between children and their carers about both
immunisation and whether the children's immunisations are
up-to-date. Each time the book is read, it will serve as
reminder to check this. Also, it will hopefully make taking
children for their needles easier, as they understand why they are
having them. Ultimately it is hoped it will help improve the
poor immunisation coverage rate in WA in preschool
The IAWA would like to thank the kindergarten
teachers and students who have assisted us by providing valuable
feedback on the book draft.
UPDATE: "Beat the bugs" is now available FREE
to carers, parents, and advocates of vaccination. Click on 'Beat
The bugs' along the top of this screen to get your copy
How Can I Help?
more information, or to volunteer to help distribute the please
click on the airmail sign and let us know! We also need assistance
for the evaluation phase of the project. If you would like to
donate your time and ideas, just send us a message and Sarah will
get back to you as soon as possible.
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