Your Baby's Best Shot: Why Vaccines Are Safe and Save Lives [NOOK Book]

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...
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442215801
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/9/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,207,925
  • File size: 541 KB

Meet the Author

Stacy Mintzer Herlihy is a freelance writer for publications such as The Dollar Stretcher, Austin Woman Magazine, Big Apple Parent, New Jersey County Family Magazine, ComputorEdge Magazine, and Pediatrics For Parents.

E. Allison Hagood is Department Chair and Professor of Psychology at Arapahoe Community College.

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: Modern Developments in Vaccine Technology: The Story of the HPV Vaccine
14: Parenting’s Easiest Decision

Notes
Bibliography
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    The Dr. Sears book exaggerates the risks of vaccination and down

    The Dr. Sears book exaggerates the risks of vaccination and downplays the benefits. This is book is a far more accurate look at this subject.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Not worth the money

    I wish I hadn't wasted my money on this as a gift for an expectant mom. I returned it and bought Dr. Sears Vaccine Book instead which seems far more balanced about the dangers of vaccines vs. the benefits.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Very bad book. She says her own daughter reacted to the DTaP at

    Very bad book. She says her own daughter reacted to the DTaP at two months by starting to scream a strange, high-pitched scream starting four hours after the injection, which continued for less than an hour, badly frightening her, as she knew that that scream was characteristic of encephalitis. But, since the child recovered and was fine, she says that it was a reaction to the vaccine, but just goes to show you how harmless vaccine reactions are. My daughter reacted to the hep-B vax at birth with four days and nights of endless screaming, vaccine-induced encephalitis, and was later diagnosed with autism. This book is just pharma propaganda, pure and simple. All vaccines are safe, all the vaccine-preventable diseases are extremely dangerous (?!), and you absolutely have to get all of them for your child. All the studies on vaccine damage are worthless in her book, and, like her mentors Dr. Proffit, Seth Mnookin, and Orac, the only important thing is to pay for every last one of the vaccines and do every last thing your doctor tells you to do. And never ever look at the evil sources of information she devotes a chapter to, the resources begun by vaccine-damaged families like mine. As she does her best to rip into pieces her critics, and silence those whose experience wtih vaccine damage was not as rosy as her own. Do not buy this book. Try Aviva Jill Romm's book instead.

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    Posted May 6, 2013

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