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Vaccinating Your Child: Questions and Answers for the Concerned Parent Paperback – September, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Pub Ltd (J); 2 edition (September 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561452858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561452859
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,991,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book contains the most complete and balanced discussion I have seen of vaccines for children." --Art Ulene, M.D.
"Finally, a personalized book for both parents and children's health advocates that explains in plain English the effects of vaccine preventable diseases while responding to issues and concerns about immunizations." --Amy Pisanti, MS, Executive Director, Every Child By Two, The Carter / Bumpers Campaign for Early Immunizations

About the Author

Sharon Humiston, MD, MPH, was a medical epidemiologist in the training and educational branch of the Immunization Services Division, National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Humiston is a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and has served as a board-certified pediatrician doing immunization research with CDC since 1989. She lives in New York.

Cynthia Good is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist with more than fifteen years of experience as a television anchor and reporter. Currently she is the creator and host of the television show, "Good for Parents." She lives in Georgia.

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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Freedom 2 Think on August 5, 2001
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Humiston and Good quote, "Vaccine safety should be based on good science, not hypothesis, opinion, individual beliefs, or observations...." I agree. I got this book hoping to see some "good science" convincing me how effective and safe vaccines are. All I got were pat answers from medical establishments akin to opinion. If you are a concerned parent who wants to make up your own mind after examining empirical, scientific evidence, you won't find any here. You'll find "statistics," but no details to help you determine if the conclusions of the studies cited are warranted, valid, or statistically sound. There is no basic information on sample size or control groups, let alone data on results and statistical significance. Worst yet, Humiston and Good offer very few references, so for most statistics, you cannot even look the study up yourself to get that information.
For example, take the question, "...how effective is [the DTaP vaccine]?" The answer is: "...The current pertussis vaccines are reported to be from 59 to 89 percent effective, so it's important for young children to receive the full five-dose series." This is a typical response to this type of question. No references whatsoever. Am I supposed to just take these people's word for it? I don't even know WHOSE word I am supposed to blindly accept. Then I am supposed to act on this "reported" information and make sure my tiny baby gets stuck five times with needles holding bacteria just because SOMEONE said it was "59-89% effective"? I'm sorry, I need more than this to be convinced. What if those studies showing 59-89% effectiveness were invalid--then I'd be exposing my baby to the risks of vaccinations for some unknown benefit, if any at all.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Cook on October 9, 2004
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I've been earnestly researching the issues surrounding vaccination, and I chose this book hoping to get some real science to refute what people who oppose mandatory vaccination say. But I was very disappointed.

I felt the authors were simply spouting the official line. I did not feel convinced that the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks. They glossed over real concerns about vaccines, when they might have taken the opportunity to confront and dispel them head-on. (Unfortunately, the more I research, the more I seem to find this to be the case. Those who support mandatory vaccination cannot categorically refute the arguments of those who question it.)

The one positive about the book is that it does give a good overview of each vaccine and the disease it's intended to prevent, as well important info on special cases. But, if you're just as concerned about your child developing diabetes as you are that she might contract whooping cough (or more concerned about it, as I am), this book won't help clear your concerns.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kimbot on December 28, 2006
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This book was definetely biased and dumbed down. Some of the information was factual and helpful, but I was hoping for a more balanced and serious discussion on the topic. Coming from a scientific backround, I definitely felt like I was being talked down to and lectured at.

Also, I didn't see anywhere where it mentions the fact that several vaccines (including chicken pox, and MMR) are produced using aborted fetuses, which is something I came across on the Christian Medical and Dental Association website. This may not be of concern for some audiences, but it certainly was for me, and I think all people should know about this, and the book should mention it if it wants to be considered an informative text for parents.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Ed on June 24, 2008
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As a parent who suspects a vaccine might have played a role in my childs autism, I expected this book to be biased in favor of vaccines. It's not biased in either direction. It is the most objective vaccine book I have read. It gives factual information that parents need when making such an important descision in their childs health. Such as who should not receive this vaccine, side effects, etc. If you have an allergy to bakers yeast or egg whites you need to know this kind of information and this book is helpful. The only thing missing that you don't get from this book is any discussion of safer vaccine scheadules. That's okay, get this book for the facts. This would make a great baby shower gift too.
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