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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Archana NMI Chatterjee, MD PhD(Creighton University)
Description: This is arguably the world's best book on vaccines. Beginning with general aspects of vaccination, it provides comprehensive, authoritative information on individual vaccine-preventable diseases, licensed vaccines, vaccines in development, new vaccination strategies, vaccination of special populations such as healthcare workers, and public health and regulatory issues. The previous edition was published in 2004.
Purpose: It is intended as a reference for all who are interested in vaccines for the prevention of disease. It is sorely needed as the field of vaccinology constantly evolves with new vaccines being developed for emerging infections and vaccination strategies being deployed against noninfectious diseases.
Audience: As a reference, it may be used by anyone interested in learning more about vaccines in general or in obtaining detailed information about a specific vaccine. The book could potentially be of value to graduate and postgraduate students in the health sciences, medical residents, fellows in immunology and infectious diseases, practitioners in primary care, infectious diseases, immunology, public health, occupational health, travel medicine, and healthcare epidemiology. The authors are renowned experts in the field.
Features: All aspects of vaccination are covered: history; vaccine development; details of clinical features, microbiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology and public health ramifications of each vaccine-preventable disease; an in-depth discussion of licensed vaccines and those in development, including immunogenicity, efficacy, safety, stability, duration of immunity, recommendations for use, and public health impact; and vaccination of special populations such as the immunocompromised. The book is richly populated with tables, graphs, maps, and color illustrations that complement the text. This edition comes with access to an online version. The appendix of web sites with information about immunization has been updated. It is hard to find any shortcomings.
Assessment: In the rapidly evolving field of vaccinology, this new edition is invaluable. There are truly no comparable books. The closest, perhaps, is Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (The Pink Book), 11th edition, by the National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Public Health Foundation, 2009), but it does not provide much of the detailed information that is available in Vaccines. This is the premier reference for all aspects of vaccinology.