The Vaccine Controversy: The History, Use, and Safety of Vaccinations

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While millions of Americans receive vaccinations each year, a vocal segment of the population is opposed to all immunizations—some even refusing to get mandated vaccinations for their children. In The Vaccine Controversy, Dr. Kurt Link—a specialist in internal medicine—explores that paradox and provides a history of vaccine development, including such possible future vaccines as those being developed in the hope of immunizing against HIV. A strong supporter of vaccination programs, Link explains the immune system...

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Overview

While millions of Americans receive vaccinations each year, a vocal segment of the population is opposed to all immunizations—some even refusing to get mandated vaccinations for their children. In The Vaccine Controversy, Dr. Kurt Link—a specialist in internal medicine—explores that paradox and provides a history of vaccine development, including such possible future vaccines as those being developed in the hope of immunizing against HIV. A strong supporter of vaccination programs, Link explains the immune system and how it works, as well as outlining the various types of vaccines (including the efficacy and potential toxicity of each). Appendices spell out current medical recommendations for vaccines, describe the legal issues involved in decisions to vaccinate or not, and explain the workings of clinical trials where work is done to determine if a vaccine is effective or not, or has any remarkable side effects.

Millions of Americans are vaccinated each year, whether they are elders looking to avoid bouts of influenza or children whose parents want to protect them from potentially deadly childhood diseases. Still, there remains a vocal segment of the population in opposition to all immunization, some even refusing to get mandated vaccinations for their children. Here, a specialist of internal medicine explores that paradox. Dr. Link explains the immune system and how it works, as well as the history of vaccine development, and the various types of vaccines including the efficacy and potential toxicity of each. A physician for more than 35 years, Link also spotlights possible future vaccines, such as those being developed in the hope of immunizing against HIV.

Appendices to this work spell out current medical recommendations for vaccines, describe the legal issues involved in decisions to vaccinate or not, and explain the workings of clinical trials where work is done to determine if a vaccine is effective or not, or has any remarkable side effects. A strong supporter of vaccination programs, Link says that all people should understand the powers, limitations and risk of immunization.

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"This concise book consists mainly of short (3- to 10-page) entries on both common and special vaccines, including all current vaccines and some under development. For each entry Link describes the disease agent and symptoms of illness; the history of the disease and vaccine development; and vaccine efficacy, safety, and side effects….It includes brief introductory chapters on the immune system, vaccine development and history, and disasters and near misses involving vaccinations, as well as appendixes on legal aspects of vaccination and clinical trials. Recommended. Undergraduates, professionals/practitioners, and general readers."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275984724
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

KURT LINK M.D. is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been practicing internal medicine for more than 35 years. Dr. Link was educated at the Bronx High School of Science, City College of New York and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The immune system and surviving infection 3
Ch. 2 Vaccine history and types 11
Ch. 3 Disasters and near misses 23
Ch. 4 The current controversy : in perspective 38
Ch. 5 Smallpox vaccine 43
Ch. 6 Chicken pox vaccine 48
Ch. 7 Diphtheria vaccine 54
Ch. 8 Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine 61
Ch. 9 Tetanus vaccine 71
Ch. 10 Measles vaccine 76
Ch. 11 Mumps vaccine 79
Ch. 12 Rubella vaccine 82
Ch. 13 Polio vaccine 86
Ch. 14 Flu vaccine 96
Ch. 15 H. flu (hib) vaccine 101
Ch. 16 Pneumococcus vaccine 106
Ch. 17 Hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine 110
Ch. 18 Hepatitis A (HAV) vaccine 116
Ch. 19 BCG : the hunt for a TB vaccine 121
Ch. 20 Anthrax vaccine 129
Ch. 21 Special vaccines for travelers, health care workers, and military personnel 133
Ch. 22 Japanese encephalitis vaccine 136
Ch. 23 Rabies vaccine 141
Ch. 24 Vaccines of the future 148
Ch. 25 HIV vaccines 153
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