If there’s one thing we’re all talking about right now, and maybe even tearing up about (if you’re Liz), it’s the long-awaited arrival of the Covid-19 vaccines. So we invited the most perfect guest to sit down with us: vaccine expert, NYU Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics, author, and NY Times “The Checkup” science columnist, the wonderful Dr. Perri Klass.

We talk about so many important topics including how the vaccine works, when we can expect a vaccine for kids under 16,  the respected resources that Dr. Klass trusts about vaccine information, the importance of pediatricians right now, and of course, Dr. Klass’s excellent book, A Good Time to Be Born: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future. which offers some outstanding perspective about (to quote Lin-Manuel Miranda) how lucky we are to be alive right now.

This is such an important interview that we hope you’ll listen and share, whether you need some reassurance, or just want to hear from an expert in the field of epidemiology who’s feeling as celebratory as you are.

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Related links from this episode

How pediatricians are fending off Coronavirus myths
AAP updates on Covid-19 and the Covid vaccines
The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
How to find your state health department website to get information about your own state’s vaccine distribution
– The wonderful viral video of the Boston Medical Center staff dancing to Lizzo

Our cool picks of the week:
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
The Merriam-Webster Time Traveler site With a h/t to the Tattly emails

A Good Time To Be Born by Dr. Perri Klass -- a fascinating read about how vaccines, science, and public health has changed the world and given kids a future
Find Perri Klass’s newest book, A Good Time to Be Born: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future on our affiliates Amazon, Indiebound, or your own local bookshop


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