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Paul A. Offit , Charlotte A. Moser

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March 7 2011

Paul A. Offit and Charlotte A. Moser answer questions about the science and safety of modern vaccines. In straightforward prose, they explain how vaccines work, how they are made, and how they are tested. Most important, they separate the real risks of vaccines from feared but unfounded risks.

Offit and Moser address parental fears that children may receive too many vaccines too early, that the HPV vaccine may cause chronic fatigue or other dangerous side effects, that additives and preservatives in vaccines cause autism, and that vaccines might do more harm than good. There couldn't be a better moment or more pressing need for this book, which offers honesty—instead of hype—in the quest to protect children's health.


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The perfect book for parents seeking accurate and detailed vaccine information.

(Ari Brown, M.D., pediatrician, author of Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby's First Year)

This new book is a valuable resource for all parents concerned about the health of their child. Vaccines and Your Child makes it easier than ever for parents to wade through the abundance of information about vaccines, setting the story straight about vaccine safety.

(Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady, cofounder of Every Child By Two)

Paul Offit, M.D., and Charlotte Moser of the Vaccine Education center come together to provide a great deal of useful information. Vaccines and Your Child is a scholarly and much needed read for any concerned parent.

(Midwest Book Review 1900-01-00)

About the 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 authored Autism's False Prophets; Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases; The Cutter Incident: How America's First Polio Vaccine Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis; and Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All.

Charlotte A. Moser is the assistant director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and creator of the center's program for parents, known as Parents PACK. She has developed a variety of educational materials about vaccines, oversees the center's Web content and contact center, and writes the monthly e-mail newsletter for Parents PACK, which has several thousand subscribers.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars solid science June 4 2013
By Ron Wycuff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Dr. Offit has succeeded in writing a very readable and informative book about vaccines. He is a highly-educated doctor, but has managed to discuss the science behind the development of vaccines, and still make it understandable. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, objective, and reasoned discussion of vaccines and their effects, this is it.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No BS just Evidence Based Science June 18 2013
By 81 Bubbles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I love how this book breaks it down easily for the average layperson to understand. This book is "one sided" since one side resides in evidence based fact and the other side has been repeatedly disproved by study after study yet they continue to charm naive first time mothers. If you're interested in more fact based information on vaccines and your children here are some places to start:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center(This site includes answers to top vaccine concerns as well as a look at each vaccine and the diseases it prevents)
http://www.chop.edu/service/vaccine-education-center/home.html
CHOP videos:http://www.youtube.com/user/ChildrensHospPhila

Immunization Action Coalition (Also check out the "handouts" portion of this site for something to print out and give the AVs in your life!)
http://www.immunize.org/vaccines/

Vaccinate Your Baby
http://www.vaccinateyourbaby.org/
Every Child by Two
http://www.ecbt.org/

Autism Science Foundation (reliable, science-based information for parents of children with autism)
http://www.autismsciencefoundation.org/

Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (video section)http://www.pkids.org/immunizations/videos.html

Sounds of Pertussis
http://www.soundsofpertussis.com

Shot by shot: stories of preventable diseases
http://shotbyshot.org/
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Information for Parents Dec 11 2013
By C. Lack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Offit presents the actual facts on vaccine safety, separated from the fear mongering nonsense perpetrated by people like Wakefield and Jenny McCarthy.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone looking for FACTUAL infromation on vaccines Nov. 21 2013
By Katrina Edmonds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is a wonderful resource for parents who want to know more about vaccines and the science supporting them. This book discusses both the risks and benefits of vaccination in a factual manner and sites the research along with links for further information. There is even a supplementary reading section. I have read several books about vaccines, and this is the best one so far . It addresses common areas of concerns for parents and nothing is sugar coated, it contains factual information and shares a few personal stories as well. Great resource!
25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one, read this one! April 2 2011
By Kim Burlingham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this and read it from cover to cover and this is definitely the book I am going to recommend to my patients' parents to read. It is the perfect antidote for the Sear's pseudoscience Vaccine book. Vaccines And You Child is scientifically sound, easy to read and trustworthy. An added benefit to getting the kindle edition is that web links take you to sites where you can hear the horrific whooping cough, get information from the CDC and many other pertinent links.
Of note, since published, there is an updated recommendation about the meningococcal meningitis vaccine(Menactra). The book says it is a single dose series, but it recently has been recommended that children get two doses, one at age 11 and a booster at age 16 (or 5 years after the first.). As always, check with your pediatrician for the latest and best information for your child.
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