Following in the footsteps of the original work which was driven by NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, NHS Mid and South Essex has also launched the children’s storybook, Drew’s Fab Jab, which is designed to encourage conversations between parents and their children about vaccinations.
The book was written and illustrated by author and publisher, Gregoire Hodder and illustrator, Jamie Sugg, who collaborated on the project to create and publish ’Drew’s Fab Jab’.
The story follows a young mouse, Drew, who is on his way to his vaccination appointment. He receives tips from friends along his journey about how to reduce his nerves, as well as finding out how injections work.
Over 2,000 copies of ‘Drew’s Fab Jab’ have been donated to schools and libraries across mid and south Essex this month.
The aim of the fun book is to help families with young children understand the vaccination process while also comforting those who may be nervous ahead of any vaccinations.
The original NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough idea was wonderful, and we are really happy that Drew’s Fab Jab is now available for families across Mid and South Essex. We hope this book helps children feel more comfortable and relaxed while they have their vaccines and that it encourages families and schools to talk about why we have vaccinations.Rachel Hearn, Executive Chief Nurse at Mid and South Essex ICS.
Drew Fab Jab’s illustrator, Jamie Sugg, concluded: “This has been an exciting project to work on. It’s been a privilege to help create something which will encourage children to make informed decisions about their health.”
Drew’s Fab Jab can be borrowed from libraries across mid and south Essex.
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