Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America by Mark A. Largent | 9781421406077 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America

Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America

by Mark A. Largent
     
 

ISBN-10: 1421406071

ISBN-13: 9781421406077

Pub. Date: 07/31/2012

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Since 1990, the number of mandated vaccines has increased dramatically. Today, a fully vaccinated child will have received nearly three dozen vaccinations between birth and age six. Along with the increase in number has come a growing wave of concern among parents about the unintended side effects of vaccines. In Vaccine, Mark A. Largent explains the history

Overview

Since 1990, the number of mandated vaccines has increased dramatically. Today, a fully vaccinated child will have received nearly three dozen vaccinations between birth and age six. Along with the increase in number has come a growing wave of concern among parents about the unintended side effects of vaccines. In Vaccine, Mark A. Largent explains the history of the debate and identifies issues that parents, pediatricians, politicians, and public health officials must address.

Nearly 40% of American parents report that they delay or refuse a recommended vaccine for their children. Despite assurances from every mainstream scientific and medical institution, parents continue to be haunted by the question of whether vaccines cause autism. In response, health officials herald vaccines as both safe and vital to the public's health and put programs and regulations in place to encourage parents to follow the recommended vaccine schedule.

For Largent, the vaccine-autism debate obscures a constellation of concerns held by many parents, including anxiety about the number of vaccines required (including some for diseases that children are unlikely ever to encounter), unhappiness about the rigorous schedule of vaccines during well-baby visits, and fear of potential side effects, some of them serious and even life-threatening. This book disentangles competing claims, opens the controversy for critical reflection, and provides recommendations for moving forward.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421406077
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
867,948
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Risk and Reward 15

2 Sources of Doubt 37

3 Thimerosal and Autism 68

4 MMR and Autism 94

5 Science and the Celebrity 136

6 Getting to the Source of Anxiety 157

Conclusion 172

Acknowledgments 177

Notes 179

Index 215

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