The Everything Parent's Guide to Vaccines: Balanced, professional advice to help you make the best decision for your child

The Everything Parent's Guide to Vaccines: Balanced, professional advice to help you make the best decision for your child

by Leslie Young
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The Everything Parent's Guide to Vaccines: Balanced, professional advice to help you make the best decision for your child by Leslie Young

To vaccinate or not? It’s a decision that all new parents must face within just a few days of their baby being born. Yet, with all the conflicting information on vaccines, it is difficult to sort through what is relevant and reliable. Concerned parents need a book that provides them with helpful information on:

  • Types of vaccines
  • How vaccines work
  • Vaccine safety
  • Adverse reactions
  • Vaccination schedules
  • Possible links to autism

This guide presents easy-to-understand information along with the most up-to-date research. Unlike other books that try to pressure you with agendas and frightening data, this comprehensive guide allows you to come to your own conclusion—and make the right decision for your child.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605506630
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 11/18/2009
Series: Everything
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 618 KB

About the Author


Leslie Young (Long Beach, CA) is a busy pediatrician who trained at UCLA Medical Center. He is the author of The Everything Parents’ Guide to Childhood Illnesses. He is currently working at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. Dr. Young immigrated to the United States from Taiwan in 1985 with his family, and he graduated with top honors from medical school. He lives with his wife and son.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

1 A Historical Perspective 1

Before Immunization 1

The Beginning 4

Real Benefits 11

Real Risks 13

The Evolution of the Modern Immunization 14

The Informed Parent Movement 16

2 How Do Vaccines Work? 19

The Human Immune System 19

The Germ Police 22

Dead or Alive 23

How Well Do Vaccines Work? 25

Limitations of Vaccines 27

3 Vaccine Reactions 30

Common Reactions 30

Easing the Pain 36

Serious Side Effects 38

Weighing the Risks 40

Tracking Vaccine Reactions 42

4 Vaccine Safety 43

Risk of immunization 43

Calculated Risks 46

Mercury Preservative 48

Aluminum Additive 52

How to Protect Your Child 55

5 Vaccines and Autism 58

What Is Autism? 58

A Day with Autism 60

How Autism Is Diagnosed 62

What Causes Autism? 65

The MMR Vaccine and Autism 67

Thimerosal and Autism 71

Autism Treatment 72

6 Current Immunization Schedule 74

Infancy 74

Childhood 79

Adulthood 82

Travel Vaccines 84

Recent Changes in the Vaccine Schedule 86

7 The Hepatitis B Vaccine 89

Introduction 89

Hepatitis B Infection 90

How Does One Catch It? 91

How Common Is the Infection? 93

How Serious Is the Infection? 93

Is the Infection Treatable? 94

Components of the Hepatitis B Vaccine 95

Side Effects of the Hepatitis B Vaccine 96

8 The DTaP Vaccine 100

Introduction 100

Diphtheria 101

Tetanus 104

Pertussis 106

Components of the DTaP Vaccine 109

Side Effects of the DTaP Vaccine 110

Tdap Booster 112

9 The Polio Vaccine 114

Introduction 114

Polio Infection 116

How Does One Catch It? 118

How Common Is the Infection? 118

How Serious Is the Infection? 119

Is the Infection Treatable? 119

Components of thePolio Vaccine 120

Side Effects of the Polio Vaccine 120

10 The Hib Vaccine 124

Introduction 124

Hib Infection 126

How Does One Catch It? 127

How Common Is the Infection? 128

How Serious Is the Infection? 129

Is the Infection Treatable? 129

Components of the Hib Vaccine 130

Side Effects of the Hib Vaccine 131

11 The Pneumococcal Vaccine 134

Introduction 134

Pneumococcal Infection 137

How Does One Catch It? 138

How Common Is the Infection? 139

How Serious Is the Infection? 139

Is the Infection Treatable? 140

Components of the Pneumococcal Vaccine 141

Side Effects of the Pneumococcal Vaccine 142

12 The Rotavirus Vaccine 144

Introduction 144

Rotavirus Infection 146

How Does One Catch It? 148

How Common Is the Infection? 148

How Serious Is the Infection? 149

Is the Infection Treatable? 149

Components of the Rotavirus Vaccine 150

Side Effects of the Rotavirus Vaccine 151

13 The MMR Vaccine 154

Introduction 154

Measles 156

Mumps 160

Rubella 164

Components of the MMR Vaccine 167

Side Effects of the MMR Vaccine 168

Separating the MMR Vaccine 170

14 The Chickenpox Vaccine 172

Introduction 172

Chickenpox Infection 174

How Does One Catch It? 176

How Common Is the Infection? 176

How Serious Is the Infection? 177

Is the Infection Treatable? 178

Components of the Chickenpox Vaccine 178

Side Effects of the Chickenpox Vaccine 179

15 The Hepatitis A Vaccine 180

Introduction 180

Hepatitis A Infection 181

How Does One Catch It? 183

How Common Is the Infection? 184

How Serious Is the Infection? 185

Is the Infection Treatable? 186

Components of the Hepatitis A Vaccine 187

Side Effects of the Hepatitis A Vaccine 187

16 The Meningococcal Vaccine 189

Introduction 189

Meningococcal Infection 191

How Does One Catch It? 193

How Common Is the Infection? 193

How Serious Is the Infection? 194

Is the Infection Treatable? 194

Components of the Meningococcal Vaccine 195

Side Effects of the Meningococcal Vaccine 196

17 The HPV Vaccine 198

Introduction 198

Human Papilloma Virus 200

How Does One Catch It? 202

How Common Is the Infection? 203

How Serious Is the Infection? 203

Is the Infection Treatable? 204

Components of the HPV Vaccine 204

Side Effects of the HPV Vaccine 205

18 The Flu Vaccine 207

Introduction 207

Influenza Infection 210

How Does One Catch It? 215

How Common Is the Infection? 215

How Serious is the Infection? 216

Is the Infection Treatable? 216

Types of Flu Vaccine 216

Components of the Flu Vaccine 218

Side Effects of the Flu Vaccine 219

19 Vaccines for Specific Conditions 222

Prematurity 222

Pregnancy 225

Asthma 228

Heart Disease 229

Children Without Spleens 230

Weakened Immune System 232

20 Miscellaneous Vaccines 236

Introduction 236

The Lyme Disease Vaccine 237

The Rabies Vaccine 238

The Tuberculosis Vaccine 240

The Smallpox Vaccine 241

The Anthrax Vaccine 244

The HIV Vaccine 247

21 How Vaccines Are Given 250

Storage of Vaccines 250

Vaccine Dose 253

Injection Technique 254

Use of Fever Reducer 257

Record Keeping 259

22 Making Decisions 262

Ethics and Ideals 262

Are Vaccines Necessary? 264

The Politics of Immunization 266

Parental Rights 268

Herd Immunity 270

Your Child, Your Choice 272

Appendix A Current Recommended Immunization Schedule 274

Appendix B Finding More Information on Immunization 276

Appendix C Frequently Asked Questions 279

Appendix D Glossary 284

Index 288

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