Nothing says the holidays like gifts that celebrate good health through vaccination. Whether you’re wrapping presents for your favorite vaccine advocates, or those loved ones you want to send a gentle nudge to, you have a choice of items both serious and amusing:
- This onesie with its slogan “Hit Me With Your Best Shots” over a drawing of a syringe will make every baby on your list look smart. It also sends an important message to all the moms and dads who see it: Be as wise about protecting your little ones with vaccines as this infant’s parents are.
- Don’t the grown-ups also deserve some clothing with a message? Shirts with pro-vaccine wording are available from various places and with all kinds of phrasing, but this T-shirt that says “Vaccines Cause Adults” gives us the biggest laugh while imparting a potentially life-saving message.
- Maybe this movie doesn’t quite match “Justice League” for action, but when it comes to the superheroes of film, even Wonder Woman and Batman can’t quite measure up to Maurice Hilleman, the microbiologist whose groundbreaking work resulted in the vaccines against measles, mumps, hepatitis A and B, chickenpox, meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease and Haemophilus influenzae bacteria. He’s credited with saving 8 million lives a year. Now you can pick up a DVD of a fascinating documentary about this extraordinarily prolific scientist, “Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children.” (Streaming is also available.)
- It’s only 30 pieces, but the nearly monochromatic picture in this jigsaw puzzle – eggs used to make vaccines – makes it a challenge nonetheless.
- Say it loud and proud – everywhere you go. Sure, you can spread vaccine advocacy through social media, but you probably reach more people every time you drive on the freeway – or past a local school. This bumper sticker will make sure that all the other drivers get the message.
- We’ve been loving the newest book on the topic, “The Vaccination Picture.” It’s packed with information but easily understood by general readers preteen and up, and unlike the usually more earnest books on the topic, this one is laden with colorful artwork illustrations that are by turns humorous and serious.
- This one is a repeat from last year’s gift list, but it’s such a fun concept in a package that pretty much anyone can use, from elementary school to adult: colorful pens in the shape of a syringe.
May your days be merry and bright – and filled with the good health that vaccines help us all enjoy.
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