Your Baby's Best Shot: Why Vaccines Are Safe and Save Lives

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Parents can easily be bombarded by conflicting messages about vaccines a dozen times each week. One side argues that vaccines are a necessary public health measure that protects children against dangerous and potentially deadly diseases. The other side vociferously maintains that vaccines are nothing more than a sop to pharmaceutical companies, and that the diseases they allegedly help prevent are nothing more than minor annoyances. An ordinary parent may have no idea where to ...

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Your Baby's Best Shot: Why Vaccines Are Safe and Save Lives

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Overview

Parents can easily be bombarded by conflicting messages about vaccines a dozen times each week. One side argues that vaccines are a necessary public health measure that protects children against dangerous and potentially deadly diseases. The other side vociferously maintains that vaccines are nothing more than a sop to pharmaceutical companies, and that the diseases they allegedly help prevent are nothing more than minor annoyances. An ordinary parent may have no idea where to turn to find accurate information.

Your Baby’s Best Shot is written for the parent who does not have a background in science, research, or medicine, and who is confused and overwhelmed by the massive amount of information regarding the issue of child vaccines. New parents are worried about the decisions that they are making regarding their children’s health, and this work helps them wade through the information they receive in order to help them understand that vaccinating their child is actually one of the simplest and smartest decisions that they can make.

Covering such topics as vaccine ingredients, how vaccines work, what can happen when populations don’t vaccinate their children, and the controversies surrounding supposed links to autism, allergies, and asthma, the authors provide an overview of the field in an easy to understand guide for parents.

In an age when autism diagnoses remain on the rise, when a single infectious individual can help spark an epidemic in three countries, when doctors routinely administer an often bewildering array of shots, and when parents swear their babies were fine until their first dosage of the MMR, the authors hope this book will serve as a crucial resource to help parents understand this vitally important issue.

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Editorial Reviews

David Gorski
Written in a clear, concise, no-nonsense fashion, Stacy Mintzer Herlihy and E. Allison Hagood discuss how vaccines work, why they are safe, and why the misinformation spread by the antivaccine movement and alternative medical practitioners is without a basis in science, while describing some of the dangerous quackery that is being promoted to treat "vaccine injury" that is not really vaccine injury. It is essential reading for all new parents with any doubts at all about vaccines.
Arthur Allen
Herlihy and Hagood came to this book with many doubts and questionsand a determination to provide something useful to parents who for one reason or another are worried aboutvaccinating their children. Anxious parents should take their honest, thorough examination of the subject as helpful advice from two good surrogates for a trusted neighbor or friend.
Jeanne Garbarino
Stacy Mintzer Herlihy and E. Allison Hagood have provided an exceptional and thorough explanation of vaccines, includingwhat they are,their history, and how they have single-handedly changed the landscape for raising healthy children. This book is a must read for any new or expecting parent as it is a wonderful resource, giving parents and caregivers the opportunity to truly understand the real science behind vaccinations, as well as the positive impact they have had (and continue to have) on society. Thanks to these authors, I now have a new standard gift that I will be giving to all of my expecting friends, because the first step to making an informed parenting decision, especially when it comes to vaccination, is educating yourself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442215795
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/16/2015
  • Pages: 220

Meet the Author

Stacy Mintzer Herlihy is a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in many publications including Big Apple Parent Magazine and USA Today.

E. Allison Hagood is a psychology professor at a community college in Colorado. Before becoming a professor, she was a clinician and researcher specializing in adults with severe mental illnesses. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Foreword author Paul A. Offit, M.D., F.A.A.P. is the chief of Infectious Diseases and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has published several books including Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases and Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

1: Who we are and why we wrote this book
2: The Edward Jenner Story: A brief history of the first vaccine.
3: How Vaccines Work
4: Of Bananas and Formaldehyde or What the Heck IS in Them?
5: A Real Mother: The World Before Vaccines
6: The Worst Case Scenario: True Adverse Reactions
7: Vaccines And Autism: The Creation Of A Modern Myth
8: Autism: A Brief Discussion Of The Facts
9: The Geiers and Other Autism Myth-Makers
10: Asthma, ADHD, and Allergies: More Medical Myths
11: The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly: The Online World
12: Other Vaccine Myths and Facts
13: ModernDevelopments in Vaccine Technology: The Story of theHPV Vaccine
14: Parenting’s Easiest Decision

Notes
Bibliography

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