Vaccines For Maxine – National Infant Immunization Week

Maxine. (illustrated / April 20, 2013)

Gerry Rodda, Pumpkin Hill ProductionsStatewide7:10 p.m. EDT, April 20, 2013

Pumpkin Hill Productions in conjunction with The New Milford VNA is proud to present “Vaccines for Maxine,” an illustrated children’s book written by New Milford nurse, Geri Rodda. This book is the third in a series of children’s books relating to health matters. Funding for the production of “Vaccines for Maxine” was provided via a grant from the Sanofi Pasteur corporation to the VNA.

“Vaccines for Maxine” tackles the topic of immunizations in an entertaining and reader friendly style, suitable for children and adults alike. In it, the heroine, Maxine, stages a play in her dreams. She travels through the pages protected by her armor and comes to understand the role of vaccines in disease prevention. Like her other books, it is written in rythmic format and colorfully illustrated.

Mrs. Rodda has been a nurse for over 40 years and is currently the Community Health Coordinator for the town of New Milford Ct. A few years ago, she recognized a need for educational material for the younger set concerning Lyme Disease. Finding none available, Mrs. Rodda decided to remedy that by writing her own. Hence, “Lyme in Rhyme” was born. Getting it published was another problem. After many rejections by “big house” publishers, Geri proceeded to form her own publishing company, Pumpkin Hill Productions. “Lyme in Rhyme” was reviewed and approved by Dr. Ben Beard of the CDC and well received by the Lyme disease community and many health departments across the country.

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A few years later, during a particularly nasty Flu Season, Mrs. Rodda again noticed a need for an easy way for young people to learn more about this serious disease. Working with her son, Jim, she came up with a wonderfully illustrated illustrated 32 page book that actually makes learning about an unpleasant condition almost fun. Production costs were defrayed by a grant from the Medimmune corporation awarded to the VNA. “The Flu and You” received excellent reviews and is widely used by many state health departments.

“Vaccines for Maxine” will be presented to the public for the beginning of National Immunization Week at The Caring for Our Community breakfast at 79 Danbury Rd., New Milford on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. Additional information is available at or 860-354-5858.

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