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Here is a straightforward presentation of the facts surrounding the controversial topic of vaccines, a book that confused and worried parents can turn to for answers and reassurance. Most parents have questions about vaccines that doctors are too busy to answer, and too many parents, as a result, are not having their child vaccinated at all, thus putting them at risk.
This timely book answers such questions as:
Aren't most of these diseases eliminated anyway?
Should my child have the new chicken pox vaccine?
Could my baby get a bad batch of the vaccine and end up getting infected?
Comprehensive information on the history of vaccines, the diseases that can be controlled through vaccination, and the risks and benefits associated with each vaccine will help parents decide whether or not to have their children vaccinated and which vaccines to approve. With this essential resource, parents can make the right decisions for their childrens' health and safety.
New! In September 2000, Paul is launching a vaccine education page on the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia website. Check it out!
Outline In the last couple of years, the controversy over whether or not to vaccinate children has raged among the parenting set. Opponents say that vaccines don't work and that they often cause more harm than good. Proponents say that vaccines do work, and that the saving of lives and the general improvement in health of the vast majority far outweighs the low incidence of mishaps from vaccines. What Every Parent Should Know About Vaccines, by doctors and infectious-disease experts Paul A. Offit and Louis M. Bell, weighs in heavily on the side of vaccination, but it's also an important book for those parents considering not vaccinating their children. Each vaccine and the disease it prevents--from the standard ones that every child gets to vaccines administered only in special cases, such as overseas travel--is explained in detail. Offit and Bell explain and dismiss vaccine myths, as well as discuss up-and-coming vaccines for the future. This book will answer many of the questions that your pediatrician may not fully explain to you.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.28" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.57" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 1999
ISBN 0028638611 ISBN13 9780028638614 UPC 021898638618
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More About Paul A. Offit & Louis M. Bell
Paul A. Offit has an academic affiliation as follows - Chief Division of Infectious Diseases the Children's Hospital of Phila.
Reviews - What do customers think about Vaccines: What Every Parent Should Know?
Very one-sided- intended to brainwash Apr 29, 2007
I agree with the one commenter who said she would like to give this book negitive stars! Being a first time mom, I am looking for books on vaccinations that list both sides of the story, and are not one sided. Not knowing which side this book was on, I requested it along with another book from my library titled "Vaccines- are they really safe and effective? by Neil Miller. I started reading Miller's book first, and couldn't put it down- he has almost 1,000 references from actual medical journals documenting his findings and statistics, and lists them as the facts they are- letting you make a decision for yourself. This book, by Offit, was very one-sided FOR vaccines. Although I have just started my research, what I have found interesting is that many people believe that the rate of these diseases dropped when vaccines were introduced (which offit claims in his book) when actual data states that the rate of people infected with these diseases was dropping for a while before the vaccinations were introduced due to better hygine and awareness. In many cases, the rate of people infected with the disease increased when people were given the disease. I will keep looking out there for more books that can give valuable facts from both sides of the story, and this book wasn't one of them.
Utter hooey May 17, 2006
If I could put negative stars I would. My mother bought this for me as a present when I was trying to figure out the vaccine thing for my children. I felt it was very superficial to begin with, but imagine my complete horror and utter DISGUST when I learned that Offit makes profits from vaccines AND was partly responsible for the marketing of the Rotavirus vaccine that was subsequently recalled because of causing intestinal blockage? And that he KNEW ahead of time that it was a risk and STILL voted to release this vaccine? It totally made me lose ANY faith at all left in him and the vaccine companies and made me go much more towards the not vaccinate side than anything else.
Lies and Misinformation Nov 17, 2004
Page 14 says enough in two places: "SIDS causes about 5,000 to 6,000 deaths each year in the United States. Because the disease affects children between 2 and 4 months of age, there is often a temporal relationship between the receipt of a DTP vaccine and SIDS." Notice the authors do not say, "the disease USUALLY affects children between 2 and 4 months," or "MOST OFTEN affects children between 2 and 4 months." They plainly state that it affects (implying that it ONLY affects) children between 2 and 4 months. This is contrary to what we've been hearing from pediatricians and the Back-to-Sleep Campaign for years. SIDS affects children under the age of ONE YEAR. If the authors can't even get this fact right, how can they be trusted for their other facts?
I continue: "there has never been any evidence that such 'bad lots' actually existed." Interesting. I know of a pediatrician who reported a 'bad lot' to VAERS which caused the deaths of 4 or 5 children, all who had received their DTP shot from the same batch.
These authors are in the business of pushing vaccines. There is certainly a strong bias in this book, one that left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
Misleading Title Sep 12, 2000
The sole purpose of this book is to convince parents to vaccinate their babies when and how the medical establishment/drug industry wants them to.
My baby girl's pediatrician loaned me this book stating that "it presents both sides of the issues." She mistakenly left inside a form letter from the MERCK VACCINE DIVISION saying that they highly recommend the book for parents to "dispel all of the misinformation" out there. In my opinion, everyone should proceed with caution when a multi-billion dollar conglomerate gives their stamp of approval on a book.
Don't bother using this book as a reference. It doesn't even tell you about the ingredients (like mercury, formaldehyde and aluminum) contained in vaccines. It truly insulted my intelligence by being so one-sided. There are other books I've read (i.e. The Vaccine Guide, by Randall Neustaedter, OMD) that give both sides of the story.
Smoke and Mirrors Aug 6, 2000
I just finished reading "Vaccines: What Every Parent Should Know". It was as I suspected; the usual arguments and half truths and snide comments about parents who choose not to vaccinate. I guess what surprised me is they are *still* saying that DPT doesn't cause permanent brain damage or death and there is no such thing as a hot lot! They also say that no one has *ever* died from the hep B vaccine -- I know a man whose 5 week old daughter died within hours after the injection! Everything else is pretty standard partyline fare. They do a neat trick with the references. They don't use footnotes, they just put a list of books in the back that they got their info from. That way you don't know what they are quoting and what they are twisting/making up (unless you are educated in this area). Who's going to take thetime to hunt through 5 books to find a reference? The book will very easily mislead a lot of unsuspecting, trusting parents. However, a couple of statements are so ludicrous it seems like anyone with a brain will figure it out. But parents looking for reassurance that vaccination is safe/effective will find it here. It's a good book to have on hand just to know what a pediatrican is likely to hit you with when you go in for a check-up or to use in a debate with uneducated friends and family when they question your informed choice not to vaccinate (or selectively vaccinate.)