Professor Liston’s newest ebook helps younger youngsters to study vaccines

The Professor Adrian Liston, Senior Group Chief on the Babraham Institute, and artist Dr Sonia Agüera-Gonzalez have printed a charming story ebook to show youngsters concerning the immune system and why vaccinations are vital.

As some youngsters start to obtain the flu vaccine forward of this winter and with pharmaceutical firms making use of for approval of their COVID-19 vaccines for kids underneath 12, ‘Maya’s Marvellous Medication’ can be utilized by adults to debate key scientific ideas with them. The ebook is obtainable on Issuu and Amazon.co.uk as we speak (18th October 2021).

The ebook is ready in a health care provider’s workplace simply earlier than Maya receives a vaccination. Maya learns that vaccines are made up of bits of microbes that your physique practices preventing, similar to Maya practiced for her race at college. The physician explains to Maya that dendritic cells current B and T cells with the clues that enable them to defeat the true microbes, even when that’s years later.

The message in Prof. Liston’s ebook is two-fold, he explains: “After studying ‘Maya’s Marvellous Medication’ I hope that youngsters will perceive what a vaccine is, and the way the immune system practices. Extra vital, although, is the underlying message of empathy. Vaccines defend you, however in addition they defend your family members and your group.” Defending others is the main focus of Prof. Liston’s first ebook ‘Battle Robots of the Blood’, a few boy with a compromised immune system.

As an immunologist, Prof. Liston hopes his ebook sparks an appreciation for vaccines and work like his: “I might love children to be taught simply how cool the immune system is, and oldsters to be reminded that vaccines make us all secure. Vaccines have doubtless saved extra lives than all different medical interventions mixed, and but they’ve come underneath focused assault over the previous decade, with deliberate misinformation campaigns. Which means we should be creating optimistic proactive tales, like Maya’s Marvellous Medication or Battle Robots of the Blood.”

Speaking about her expertise engaged on this sequence of books Dr Sonia Agüera-Gonzalez commented: “I’ve totally loved bringing Maya to life and telling such an vital story. Books like those we have now made generally is a highly effective software for lecturers, educators, dad and mom and carers who wish to have conversations with younger youngsters about vaccines with out glossing over the science behind the jab.”

I all the time sit up for seeing the brand new kinds of illustration Sonia brings to a venture. I additionally love seeing my very own son’s response to the ultimate merchandise. This ebook is devoted to him for on a regular basis we spent collectively within the lockdown.”


Adrian Liston, Professor and Senior Group Chief, Babraham Institute

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