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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 2 Sub edition (February 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556432151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556432156
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Dayna Baumeister on March 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as my main text to help us decide on whether or not to get our child vaccinated. As it breaks down each vaccine individually, it was very helpful for us to make individual decisions. I still go back and refer to it frequently.
I understand why the author included his opinion at the end of each chapter- its a difficult choice to make, and even though the information is being presented to us, we still want someone else to make a recommendation so that we don't, in the end, feel like we made an irresponsible choice. Nonetheless, by presenting his opinion, it might suggest that he slanted his "case in points" to help the reader make the same choice. It's very, very subtle, and despite this, I still agree with him on most aspects.
My only problem with the book is that it contains outdated information (even at the time of publishing). So, if you want to know more about the issue in a clearly presented manner, this is a great book. But don't stop there. Keep looking for more current information (although its hard to find- there are two new books out on the subject (2001) that I just bought to find out how they compare). The issue of thimersol is slowly being addressed and some of the more controversial vaccines like DPT are being replaced systematically with DPaT. The polio vaccine has also undergone some changes.
Be an informed parent. Informed consent implies that you as a parent should know the pros and cons of vaccines. This book and others present both sides, as well as a bit on why you don't get both sides from the doctor's office.
In the end, the decision is yours and yours alone. In making our decision, we asked ourselves (among many other questions), would we feel worse if our child had permanent complications from the disease or from the vaccine? That may be how you ultimately decide.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1998
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What? You didn't KNOW there was a vaccination decision?? Read this book and become informed about the pros AND CONS of vaccinating your child and yourself! In my opinion, this comprehensive, well-written, scintillatingly informative book is a must-have for parents and (especially) parents-to-be!
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1999
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If you're in doubt about whether or not to vaccinate your child, this book is for you. I recommend it to any parent or parent-to-be who wants to know both sides of the vaccination issue.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 1999
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Extremely informative reference guide for any parent who wants to educate themselves about immunizations - - a subject all parents should be concerned about, and one that is currently too biased by the medical/pharmaceutical communities. This books sheds invaluable light on the subject!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2003
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This review is in response to other reviewers of this book who are complaining that The Vaccine Guide is slanted. Next time you visit your pediatrician's office, tell him that you are concerned with the safety and efficacy of vaccines. After he reports you to the Department of Child and Family services, he will give you a brochure on how safe vaccines are. Notice on the back who wrote the brochure. It will say Merck, Abbott, Pfizer and such......get the picture? If you still are not statisfied after reading this literature, and you press your doctor again, you will see the real slant, and you will probably not make the same mistake twice. Doctor's as drug pushers and policemen today, forced vaccination tommorow, just around the corner.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2001
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I found this book to be very helpful in determining which(if any) vaccines I wanted my child to have. Mr. Neustaedter was moderately unbiased (compared to most vaccine guides)in his opinion and provided scientific research and statistics to back up his views. It was refreshing to have statisitics and research as a back up instead of emotion.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By jessica on July 23, 2001
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I have read many books on this contoversial subject and this was by far the best!!!! It was easy to read. He did not get caught up in the politics like many others have and gave good information about both the risks and the benefits. It is a must read for any parent struggling with the issue. It was the book that made up my mind about whether to vaccinate or not.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2000
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This incredible book gives so much useful information! I was so impressed with it, that I came back to buy 2 addt'l copies for baby shower gifts. At that time they were out of print. Thankfully, it is now available! I think this is a must read for all who will be parents. Let's start being more responsible for making our OWN informed choices as parents. I suggest this for all who are seeking information. It is unbiased and chock full of information useful to parents.
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