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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; 1 edition (March 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780231153072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231153072
  • ASIN: 0231153074
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #560,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

About the Author

Paul A. Offit, M.D., FAAP, 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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa34ff1bc) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa367e438) out of 5 stars No BS just Evidence Based Science June 18 2013
By 81 Bubbles - Published on
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)
CHOP videos:

Immunization Action Coalition (Also check out the "handouts" portion of this site for something to print out and give the AVs in your life!)

Vaccinate Your Baby
Every Child by Two

Autism Science Foundation (reliable, science-based information for parents of children with autism)

Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (video section)

Sounds of Pertussis

Shot by shot: stories of preventable diseases
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa34f82dc) out of 5 stars solid science June 4 2013
By Ron Wycuff - Published on
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.
35 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3541960) out of 5 stars This one, read this one! April 2 2011
By Kim B, rural pediatrician - Published on
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.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33c6678) out of 5 stars For anyone looking for FACTUAL infromation on vaccines Nov. 21 2013
By Katrina Edmonds - Published on
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!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33defd8) out of 5 stars Solid through and through March 18 2014
By Punky - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book breaks everything down into 1- or 2-page nuggets of pertinent explanations. It covers EVERYTHING that people in this debate discuss. Do vaccines contain aluminum? Yes they do but aluminim is the third most common element on earth and you have more in your body at any given time than what's contained in a standard dose. Do vaccines contain formaldehyde? Yes, and there's a legitimate reason. Am I at risk when I get a vaccine? Actually you're more at risk of dying in a car accident on the way to get the shot rather than of complications from the shot. Aren't vaccines just a money maker for Big Pharma? Hardly!! You get 1 maybe 3 doses of a vaccine over a lifetime. The real money makers are things like blood pressure lowering medication that people take every single day for DECADES or viagra or asthma medicine.

I thought this tidbit was particular fascinating. The smallpox vaccine is the only vaccine that they have stopped giving people because the disease has been totally eradicated from the earth! Isn't that wild? Before there was a vaccine for it, it killed 500 MILLION people! Try and wrap your head around that!

Oh--and the reason the flu vaccine is pushed so heavily on pregnant women is that pregnant women are SIX TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE of the flu than other women. That is a big difference. If you went to a party and the host said, "We have two wines. They are both really good but this one is six times more likely to make you feel awful tomorrow" ... well, no one would go with that one!

I can't get enough of this book as a pregnant first-time mom.