Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives

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• A balanced, comprehensive guide to routine childhood vaccinations that offers parents the information they need to make the right choices for their child.

• Fairly examines the pros and cons of this highly charged issue.

Deciding whether or when to vaccinate a child is one of the most important—and most difficult—health-care decisions a parent will ever make. The recent increase in the number of vaccinations recommended and the concurrent controversies about whether vaccinations are safe or even effective have ...

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Overview

• A balanced, comprehensive guide to routine childhood vaccinations that offers parents the information they need to make the right choices for their child.

• Fairly examines the pros and cons of this highly charged issue.

Deciding whether or when to vaccinate a child is one of the most important—and most difficult—health-care decisions a parent will ever make. The recent increase in the number of vaccinations recommended and the concurrent controversies about whether vaccinations are safe or even effective have left many parents confused and concerned.

Midwife, herbalist, and mother of four, Aviva Jill Romm sifts through the spate of current research on vaccine safety and efficacy and offers a sensible, balanced discussion of the pros and cons of each routine childhood vaccination. She presents the full spectrum of options available to parents: full vaccination on a standardized or individualized schedule, selective vaccination, or no vaccinations at all. Negotiating daycare and school requirements, dealing with other parents, and traveling with an unvaccinated child are covered in detail. The book also suggests ways to strengthen children's immune systems and maintain optimal health and offers herbal and homeopathic remedies for childhood ailments. Emphasizing that no single approach is appropriate for every child, the author guides parents as they make the choices that are right for their child.

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Editorial Reviews

Peggy O'Mara
"The best book I've seen on the subject. Its commonsense, nonhysterical approach assures legitimate informed consent."
Richard Moskowitz
"Aviva Romm has written a book of aid and comfort for agonized parents who must make intelligent life decisions for their kids while lacking reliable information about how vaccines act."
Mary Bove
“This must-read book is a valuable resource for all parents.”
Robert Rountree
"Aviva Jill Romm brings a high level of intelligence and insight to the debate on public policies regarding vaccination. Level-headed and thoroughly researched, yet eminently readable, her book leaves no stones unturned and refuses to shy away from challenging the status quo. It should be read by every parent who is considering vaccination for their child; and I daresay that it should also be mandatory reading for every health professional in the position of recommending (or discouraging) the use of vaccines."
Lawrence B. Palevsky
"Aviva Romm has written a well researched book that will educate and empower parents."
Napra ReView MS
"Now especially, as the anthrax scare has some folks advocating compulsory vaccinations for all, Romm's wise and well-written book is a breath of fresh air."
Living Without
"Romm takes a holistic approach to disease prevention yet provides balanced information on all aspects of the vaccination controversy. Overall, the book uses a commonsense approach that allows the reader to weigh the available options."
From the Publisher
“This must-read book is a valuable resource for all parents.”

"Aviva Romm has written a well researched book that will educate and empower parents."

"This must-read book is a valuable resource for all parents." 

"Aviva Jill Romm brings a high level of intelligence and insight to the debate on public policies regarding vaccination. Level-headed and thoroughly researched, yet eminently readable, her book leaves no stones unturned and refuses to shy away from challenging the status quo. It should be read by every parent who is considering vaccination for their child; and I daresay that it should also be mandatory reading for every health professional in the position of recommending (or discouraging) the use of vaccines."

"Aviva Romm has written a book of aid and comfort for agonized parents who must make intelligent life decisions for their kids while lacking reliable information about how vaccines act."

"Now especially, as the anthrax scare has some folks advocating compulsory vaccinations for all, Romm's wise and well-written book is a breath of fresh air."

"Romm takes a holistic approach to disease prevention yet provides balanced information on all aspects of the vaccination controversy. Overall, the book uses a commonsense approach that allows the reader to weigh the available options."

"The best book I've seen on the subject. Its commonsense, nonhysterical approach assures legitimate informed consent."

M.D. Richard Moskowitz
"Aviva Romm has written a book of aid and comfort for agonized parents who must make intelligent life decisions for their kids while lacking reliable information about how vaccines act."
MS
"Now especially, as the anthrax scare has some folks advocating compulsory vaccinations for all, Romm's wise and well-written book is a breath of fresh air."
Summer 2002 Living Without
"Romm takes a holistic approach to disease prevention yet provides balanced information on all aspects of the vaccination controversy. Overall, the book uses a commonsense approach that allows the reader to weigh the available options."
publisher of Mothering magazine Peggy O'Mara
"The best book I've seen on the subject. Its commonsense, nonhysterical approach assures legitimate informed consent."
Napra ReView
"Now especially, as the anthrax scare has some folks advocating compulsory vaccinations for all, Romm's wise and well-written book is a breath of fresh air."
Barabara M. Bibel
". . . provides objective, useful information to support parents as they make decisions about immunization."
Napra ReView
Now especially, as the anthrax scare has some folks advocating compulsory vaccinations for all, Romm's wise and well-written book is a breath of fresh air.
Living Without
Romm takes a holistic approach to disease prevention yet provides balanced information on all aspects of the vaccination controversy. Overall, the book uses a commonsense approach that allows the reader to weigh the available options...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892819317
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 322,897
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Aviva Jill Romm is a certified professional midwife, practicing herbalist, and the former president of the American Herbalists Guild. She is the author of The Natural Pregnancy Book, The Pocket Guide to Midwifery Care, and Naturally Healthy Babies and Children as well as coauthor of ADHD Alternatives. She lives with her family in Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Mary Bove, N.D.

Acknowledgments

Introduction 

1. A Curious History

2.
Declining Disease Rates and Vaccine Efficacy

3.
The Marvelous Immune System

4.
The Childhood Illnesses and "Vaccine-Preventable Diseases"

5.
What about the Risks?

6.
Personal Choices and Public Policies

7.
Natural Approaches to Health and Immunity

8.
Herbal Medicines and Childhood Diseases

9.
Homeopathy and Childhood Diseases

10.
Late-Breaking News


Appendix A Botanical Names

Appendix B Resources

Notes

Glossary

Recommended Reading

Index

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