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Vaccinating Your Child: Questions and Answers for the Concerned Parent Paperback – September, 2003
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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
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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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. Read morePublished on June 24, 2008 by Mrs. Ed
As a new parent it was extemely helpful to read this book. The book clearly outlines why immunizations are an important part of a child's life. Read morePublished on October 24, 2000