This vaccine guide for parents sticks it to the others...

Vaccines usually bring relief, since society no longer has to worry about scourges of the past. But there's been concern that these lifesavers can harm some. Which vaccines are necessary for the common good, and when should they be given? Here is all the information readers need to know about every vaccine, including: how vaccines work; which are required and recommended; which have been challenged; risks of not ...

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vaccinations

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This vaccine guide for parents sticks it to the others...

Vaccines usually bring relief, since society no longer has to worry about scourges of the past. But there's been concern that these lifesavers can harm some. Which vaccines are necessary for the common good, and when should they be given? Here is all the information readers need to know about every vaccine, including: how vaccines work; which are required and recommended; which have been challenged; risks of not vaccinating; vaccines for travelers, injuries, and special populations, including seniors.

?Informative, unbiased, straightforward reference for parents

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101152003
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Joseph Smith, M.D., M.S.C.E., is a pediatrician and assistant professor of Pediatrics at University of Louisville School of Medicine. He has done research on media coverage of the MMR-autism controversy and immunization rates. Dr. Smith earned his M.D. at Columbia, received a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases, and earned an M.S. in Clinical Epidemiology. Laurie Bouck is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Parenting and Pregnancy, patient education materials, and elsewhere.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Understanding Vaccines 1

1 How It All Began 3

Smallpox: The Speckled Monster 4

Give It to Me 4

Cowpox Power 5

The Fall of the Monster 7

The Opposition 8

What's Next 9

2 How Vaccines Work 11

Bodily Threats 12

Bacteria: Good and Bad 12

Sneaky Viruses 14

Flexible Fungi 16

Your Amazing Immune System 17

The Innate Immune System 17

The Adaptive Immune System 18

Vaccines at Work 19

Live Vaccines 20

Inactivated Vaccines 22

Achieving Herd Immunity 23

3 Modern Vaccines 27

From Smallpox to Today 28

How Vaccines Are Developed 29

Clinical Trials 30

Licensing and Monitoring Vaccines 32

The Immunization Schedule 33

Who Recommends Vaccines? 34

Alternative Vaccination Schedules 35

Vaccine Delivery 37

Injected and Oral Vaccines 38

Other Delivery Methods 39

How Long Does Immunity Last? 39

Part 2 Standard Vaccinations for Every Age 41

4 Vaccinations in the First Year of Life 43

Hepatitis B 44

Why Now? 46

What to Expect 46

Who Might Not Get It 47

Rotavirus 47

Why Now? 49

What to Expect 50

Who Might Not Get It 50

Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Acellular Pertussis (DTaP) 50

Why Now? 52

What to Expect 53

Who Might Not Get It 54

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) 54

Why Now? 55

What to Expect 55

Who Might Not Get It 56

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccination (PCV7) 56

Why Now? 57

What to Expect 57

Who Might Not Get It 57

Polio 58

Why Now? 58

What to Expect 58

Who Might Not Get It 59

Influenza 59

Why Now? 60

What to Expect 60

Who Might Not Get It 60

5 Vaccinations in the Second Year of Life 63

Continuation from the First Year 64

Measles, Mumps, and Rubelia (MMR) 65

Why Now?67

What to Expect 67

Who Might Not Get It 68

Varicella (Chickenpox) 69

Why Now? 70

What to Expect 71

Who Might Not Get It 72

Hepatitis A 72

Why Now? 73

What to Expect 73

Who Might Not Get It 74

6 For Ages 2 to 18 Years 71

From Ages Two to Six 77

Catch-Up Vaccinations 78

Influenza 84

Why Now? 84

What to Expect 85

Who Might Not Get It 85

Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) 86

Why Now? 86

What to Expect 87

Who Might Not Get It 87

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 87

Why Now? 88

What to Expect 89

Who Might Not Get It 90

Meningococcal Vaccination 90

Who Now? 91

What to Expect 92

Who Might Not Get It 92

7 Staying Healthy Throughout Adulthood 95

Are We Done Yet? 96

Vaccinations for Young Adults 97

Vaccinations for All Adults 99

Td/Tdap Vaccination in Adults 99

The Return of Chickenpox 100

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) 101

The Flu Shot 102

Shots for Seniors 103

Varicella Zoster (Shingles) 104

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPV) 105

Adults with Health Problems 105

Vaccinations and Pregnancy 106

Vaccinations for Health-Care Workers 108

Other Groups 109

Part 3 Episodic and Circumstantial Vaccinations 113

8 Vaccinations for ill Children and Adults 115

Acutely ill Children 116

Chronically ill Children 117

High-Risk Groups 118

Allergies 120

9 Special Vaccinations for Injuries or Bioterrorism 123

Tetanus 124

When Yon Might Need It 124

Side Effects and Problems 126

Rabies 126

When Yon Might Need It 127

Side Effects and Problems 128

Anthrax 128

When You Might Need It 129

Side Effects and Problems 130

Smallpox 130

When You Might Need It 131

Side Effects and Problems 132

10 Vaccinations for Travelers 135

Before You Leave 136

Finding CDC Recommendations 137

Tips for Healthy Travel 139

Common Vaccinations by Region 142

Typhoid 142

Yellow Fever 143

Japanese Encephalitis 145

Rabies 146

Hepatitis A Vaccination 147

11 Vaccines on the Horizon 151

Challenges to Creating New Vaccines 152

New Vaccine Techniques 152

Three Critical New Vaccines 153

The Malaria Vaccine 154

The Tuberculosis Vaccine 155

The HIV/AIDS Vaccine 158

Other Infectious Disease Vaccines 160

Vaccines for Noninfectious Diseases 161

Cancer Vaccines 162

Vaccines for Addictions 163

Vaccines for Neurological Conditions 163

Part 4 Vaccination Controversies 165

12 Do Vaccines Cause Medical Problems? 167

Understanding Cause and Effect 168

Vaccines and Autism 169

What Is Autism? 169

The Wakefield Study 172

Questioning Wakefield 173

Mercury 174

Next Steps 176

Links to Other Diseases 176

Vaccine Ingredients 179

Multiple Vaccinations 180

13 Other Questions About Vaccines 183

Are Vaccines Necessary? 184

Pathogens Persist 184

Vaccines Still Save Lives 185

Are Vaccines Somehow Linked to Abortion? 187

Religions Diets 188

Vaccination Requirements and Exemptions 189

The Effects of Not Vaccinating 190

Evaluating Vaccine Claims 191

14 When Vaccines Harm or Fail 195

Adverse Events 196

Reactions 198

Manufacturing Issues 200

Harmful Vaccines 200

Ineffective Vaccines 201

Immune Response Failure 202

Tracking Vaccine Safety 204

Understanding VAERS Data 205

VAERS and Vaccine Lots 206

Getting Help 207

Filing a Claim 209

Recent Cases 210

15 Funding Vaccines 213

Research and Manufacturing 214

Distribution 215

Private Health Plans 216

Government Health Plans 216

Developing Countries 218

Vaccine Shortages 220

Recent Shortages 221

The Vaccine Stockpile 222

Future Funding Strategies 223


A Glossary 225

B Further Reading 237

C Common Acronyms for Vaccines and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases 243

D Vaccine Records 245

Index 253

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