The Vaccine Controversy: The History, Use, and Safety of Vaccinations

The Vaccine Controversy: The History, Use, and Safety of Vaccinations

by Kurt Link M.D.

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Overview

The Vaccine Controversy: The History, Use, and Safety of Vaccinations by Kurt Link M.D.

While millions of Americans receive vaccinations each year, a vocal segment of the population is opposed to all immunizations—some even refusing to get mandated vaccinations for their children. In The Vaccine Controversy, Dr. Kurt Link—a specialist in internal medicine—explores that paradox and provides a history of vaccine development, including such possible future vaccines as those being developed in the hope of immunizing against HIV. A strong supporter of vaccination programs, Link explains the immune system and how it works, as well as outlining the various types of vaccines (including the efficacy and potential toxicity of each). Appendices spell out current medical recommendations for vaccines, describe the legal issues involved in decisions to vaccinate or not, and explain the workings of clinical trials where work is done to determine if a vaccine is effective or not, or has any remarkable side effects.

Millions of Americans are vaccinated each year, whether they are elders looking to avoid bouts of influenza or children whose parents want to protect them from potentially deadly childhood diseases. Still, there remains a vocal segment of the population in opposition to all immunization, some even refusing to get mandated vaccinations for their children. Here, a specialist of internal medicine explores that paradox. Dr. Link explains the immune system and how it works, as well as the history of vaccine development, and the various types of vaccines including the efficacy and potential toxicity of each. A physician for more than 35 years, Link also spotlights possible future vaccines, such as those being developed in the hope of immunizing against HIV.

Appendices to this work spell out current medical recommendations for vaccines, describe the legal issues involved in decisions to vaccinate or not, and explain the workings of clinical trials where work is done to determine if a vaccine is effective or not, or has any remarkable side effects. A strong supporter of vaccination programs, Link says that all people should understand the powers, limitations and risk of immunization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275984724
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kurt Link M.D. is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been practicing internal medicine for more than 35 years. Dr. Link was educated at the Bronx High School of Science, City College of New York and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Overview

The Immune System and Surviving Infection

Vaccine History and Types (live, killed, purified)

Disasters and Near Misses

The Current Controversy: In Perspective

The Common Vaccines

Smallpox Vaccine

Chicken Pox Vaccine

Diptheria Vaccine

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccine

Tetanus Vaccine

Measles Vaccine

Mumps Vaccine

Rubella Vaccine

Polio Vaccine

Flu Vaccine

H. Flu (HIB) Vaccine

Pneumococcus Vaccine

Hepatitis B

Special Vaccines

Hepatitus A

BCG. The Hunt for a TB Vaccine

Anthrax Vaccine

Special Vaccines For Travelers, Health Care Workers, Military Personnel

Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccines of the Future

HIV Vaccines

Conclusion

Appendix A: Recommendations

Appendix B: Legal Aspects of Vaccination

Appendix C: Clinical Trials

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