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Vaccines and Your Child: Separating Fact from Fiction 1st Edition

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The perfect book for parents seeking accurate and detailed vaccine information.

(Ari Brown, M.D., pediatrician, author of Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby's First Year)

This new book is a valuable resource for all parents concerned about the health of their child. Vaccines and Your Child makes it easier than ever for parents to wade through the abundance of information about vaccines, setting the story straight about vaccine safety.

(Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady, cofounder of Every Child By Two)

Paul Offit, M.D., and Charlotte Moser of the Vaccine Education center come together to provide a great deal of useful information. Vaccines and Your Child is a scholarly and much needed read for any concerned parent.

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Finally, a concise, trustworthy guide that cuts through the confusion and misinformation about vaccines.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; 1 edition (March 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780231153072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231153072
  • ASIN: 0231153074
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Paul A. Offit, M.D., is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. An expert in the field of vaccines, he is a recipient of many awards, including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School; the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America; and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. His books include the recent Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure. Visit his website at www.paul-offit.com.

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I love how this book breaks it down easily for the average layperson to understand. This book is "one sided" since one side resides in evidence based fact and the other side has been repeatedly disproved by study after study yet they continue to charm naive first time mothers. If you're interested in more fact based information on vaccines and your children here are some places to start:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center(This site includes answers to top vaccine concerns as well as a look at each vaccine and the diseases it prevents)
http://www.chop.edu/service/vaccine-education-center/home.html
CHOP videos:http://www.youtube.com/user/ChildrensHospPhila

Immunization Action Coalition (Also check out the "handouts" portion of this site for something to print out and give the AVs in your life!)
http://www.immunize.org/vaccines/

Vaccinate Your Baby
http://www.vaccinateyourbaby.org/
Every Child by Two
http://www.ecbt.org/

Autism Science Foundation (reliable, science-based information for parents of children with autism)
http://www.autismsciencefoundation.org/

Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (video section)http://www.pkids.org/immunizations/videos.html

Sounds of Pertussis
http://www.soundsofpertussis.com

Shot by shot: stories of preventable diseases
http://shotbyshot.org/
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Dr. Offit has succeeded in writing a very readable and informative book about vaccines. He is a highly-educated doctor, but has managed to discuss the science behind the development of vaccines, and still make it understandable. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, objective, and reasoned discussion of vaccines and their effects, this is it.
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I bought this and read it from cover to cover and this is definitely the book I am going to recommend to my patients' parents to read. It is the perfect antidote for the Sear's pseudoscience Vaccine book. Vaccines And You Child is scientifically sound, easy to read and trustworthy. An added benefit to getting the kindle edition is that web links take you to sites where you can hear the horrific whooping cough, get information from the CDC and many other pertinent links.
Of note, since published, there is an updated recommendation about the meningococcal meningitis vaccine(Menactra). The book says it is a single dose series, but it recently has been recommended that children get two doses, one at age 11 and a booster at age 16 (or 5 years after the first.). As always, check with your pediatrician for the latest and best information for your child.
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This book breaks everything down into 1- or 2-page nuggets of pertinent explanations. It covers EVERYTHING that people in this debate discuss. Do vaccines contain aluminum? Yes they do but aluminim is the third most common element on earth and you have more in your body at any given time than what's contained in a standard dose. Do vaccines contain formaldehyde? Yes, and there's a legitimate reason. Am I at risk when I get a vaccine? Actually you're more at risk of dying in a car accident on the way to get the shot rather than of complications from the shot. Aren't vaccines just a money maker for Big Pharma? Hardly!! You get 1 maybe 3 doses of a vaccine over a lifetime. The real money makers are things like blood pressure lowering medication that people take every single day for DECADES or viagra or asthma medicine.

I thought this tidbit was particular fascinating. The smallpox vaccine is the only vaccine that they have stopped giving people because the disease has been totally eradicated from the earth! Isn't that wild? Before there was a vaccine for it, it killed 500 MILLION people! Try and wrap your head around that!

Oh--and the reason the flu vaccine is pushed so heavily on pregnant women is that pregnant women are SIX TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE of the flu than other women. That is a big difference. If you went to a party and the host said, "We have two wines. They are both really good but this one is six times more likely to make you feel awful tomorrow" ... well, no one would go with that one!

I can't get enough of this book as a pregnant first-time mom.
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This book is a wonderful resource for parents who want to know more about vaccines and the science supporting them. This book discusses both the risks and benefits of vaccination in a factual manner and sites the research along with links for further information. There is even a supplementary reading section. I have read several books about vaccines, and this is the best one so far . It addresses common areas of concerns for parents and nothing is sugar coated, it contains factual information and shares a few personal stories as well. Great resource!
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Offit presents the actual facts on vaccine safety, separated from the fear mongering nonsense perpetrated by people like Wakefield and Jenny McCarthy.
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I recently read "Deadly Choices" also by Dr Offit, and now "Vaccines and Your Child". This one is better for the person who wants a reference guide full of facts and tips. (Deadly Choices is written as a story, which is very enjoyable as well as educational.) If you have time, read both. They are both GREAT! Vaccines and Your Child is divided into easy to find sections, with boxes highlighting important topics. It is full of up to date information and answers many questions about vaccines, including safety.
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