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Your baby's best shot : why vaccines are safe and save lives /

Your baby's best shot : why vaccines are safe and save lives /
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Herlihy, Stacy Mintzer, 1970-
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Guides readers in understanding why they should vaccinate, emphasizing the importance of herd immunity and explaining how the anti-vaccine movement misleads the public on this important issue.
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614.47 Herlihy CP In at CP (Corporate Parkway)


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Control No. 1132396
LCCN 2012010577
ISBN 9781442215788 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN 144221578X (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN 9781442215795 (paperback)
ISBN 1442215798 (paperback)
Author Herlihy Stacy Mintzer 1970
Title Your baby's best shot : -- why vaccines are safe and save lives / -- Stacy Mintzer Herlihy and E. Allison Hagood.
Edition Statement First paperback edition.
Physical Description x, 213 pages ; -- 24 cm
Series Title Ask Alison recommended
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-201) and index.
Formatted Contents Note Who we are and why we wrote this book -- The Edward Jenner story: a brief history of the first vaccine -- The biology of vaccines -- Of bananas and formaldehyde, or what the heck is in them? -- A real mother: the world before vaccines -- The worst-case scenario: true adverse reactions -- Vaccines and autism: the creation of a modern myth -- Autism: a brief discussion of the facts -- Mark and David Geier: other autism myths -- ADHD, allergies, and all the rest: other vaccine myths -- The good, the bad, and the ugly: a guide to the online world -- Other vaccine myths and facts -- Modern developments in vaccine technology: the story of the HPV vaccine -- The easiest parenting decision you'll make.
Summary Covering such topics as vaccine ingredients, how vaccines work, what can happen when populations don't vaccinate their children, and the controversies surrounding supposed links to autism, allergies, and asthma, this book provides an overview of the field in an easy to understand guide for parents.
Subject Vaccination
Subject Vaccination of children
Subject Immunization of children
Alternate Author Hagood E Allison




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Annotation 1 Guides readers in understanding why they should vaccinate, emphasizing the importance of herd immunity and explaining how the anti-vaccine movement misleads the public on this important issue.

Annotation 2 Parents can easily be bombarded by conflicting messages about vaccines a dozen times each week. One side argues that vaccines are a necessary public health measure that protects children against dangerous and potentially deadly diseases. The other side vociferously maintains that vaccines are nothing more than a sop to pharmaceutical companies, and that the diseases they allegedly help prevent are nothing more than minor annoyances. An ordinary parent may have no idea where to turn to find accurate information.

Your Baby’s Best Shot is written for the parent who does not have a background in science, research, or medicine, and who is confused and overwhelmed by the massive amount of information regarding the issue of child vaccines. New parents are worried about the decisions that they are making regarding their children’s health, and this work helps them wade through the information they receive in order to help them understand that vaccinating their child is actually one of the simplest and smartest decisions that they can make.

Covering such topics as vaccine ingredients, how vaccines work, what can happen when populations don’t vaccinate their children, and the controversies surrounding supposed links to autism, allergies, and asthma, the authors provide an overview of the field in an easy to understand guide for parents.

In an age when autism diagnoses remain on the rise, when a single infectious individual can help spark an epidemic in three countries, when doctors routinely administer an often bewildering array of shots, and when parents swear their babies were fine until their first dosage of the MMR, the authors hope this book will serve as a crucial resource to help parents understand this vitally important issue.

Annotation 3 Your Baby's Best Shot helps readers understand why they should vaccinate. Using the latest science in the field, the authors make it clear exactly why vaccination is the right choice. They also emphasize the importance of herd immunity. Finally, the book explains how the anti-vaccine movement misleads the public on this important issue.

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 reviews (3)


Booklist Reviews 2012 September #2
This thoroughly researched book should convince even ardent vaccine skeptics that the benefits of giving kids shots to prevent illnesses far outweigh any negatives. The authors are not big names in the vaccine world (one is a freelance writer, and the other is a psychology professor. Yet they show a commanding knowledge of their topic. In a coup that lends credibility to their scientifically sound book, they nabbed a foreword by Paul Offit, the famous University of Pennsylvania pediatrician who coinvented the rotavirus vaccine and who forcefully (and correctly) maintained that autism is not linked to inoculations. Herlihy and Hagood present many interesting facts: today there are vaccines against 22 diseases; George Washington and Abraham Lincoln survived smallpox; in 1979, smallpox officially became "the first disease conquered by human efforts"; the flavor enhancer MSG is added to vaccines to preserve their efficacy. An index would have been helpful, but this book, with its extensive notes and bibliography, should go a long way toward convincing even the most leery that vaccines save lives. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2012 October #1

Herlihy and Hagood team up with their respective expertise in research/writing (Herlihy) and psychology (Hagood) to dispel the fear some parents have about vaccines and their ingredients and their possible negative effects on children. Unfortunately, the book lacks a careful critical presentation; instead, favoring mudslinging at a few already discredited researchers in the vaccine-safety field, admonitions against parents who question vaccine safety, and quoting slightly out-of-context information and imply that a baby can tolerate as much formaldehyde (a vaccine ingredient) as an adult, and a sometimes cavalier tone (they cite "high fevers or fussiness or even a few dirty looks" as negative side effects of vaccination). All this is based on generalizations rather than hard numbers. An outstanding section on historical epidemiology helps readers gain perspective on the dangers children faced from childhood diseases like polio before the widespread use of vaccination. However, despite many strong points, this book is not for parents who came to the table truly worried that the schedule of vaccines required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dangerous, ineffective, or even optimal. The authors do present some very interesting counterpoints to arguments offered by the movement against mandatory vaccination, but overall, parents who want to stay informed may want more out of their resources, and would do well to obtain books or articles written by scientists, like David Offitt--a leader in the field of vaccine safety. (Sept.)

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Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews

Herlihy and Hagood team up with their respective expertise in research/writing (Herlihy) and psychology (Hagood) to dispel the fear some parents have about vaccines and their ingredients and their possible negative effects on children. Unfortunately, the book lacks a careful critical presentation; instead, favoring mudslinging at a few already discredited researchers in the vaccine-safety field, admonitions against parents who question vaccine safety, and quoting slightly out-of-context information and imply that a baby can tolerate as much formaldehyde (a vaccine ingredient) as an adult, and a sometimes cavalier tone (they cite "high fevers or fussiness or even a few dirty looks" as negative side effects of vaccination). All this is based on generalizations rather than hard numbers. An outstanding section on historical epidemiology helps readers gain perspective on the dangers children faced from childhood diseases like polio before the widespread use of vaccination. However, despite many strong points, this book is not for parents who came to the table truly worried that the schedule of vaccines required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dangerous, ineffective, or even optimal. The authors do present some very interesting counterpoints to arguments offered by the movement against mandatory vaccination, but overall, parents who want to stay informed may want more out of their resources, and would do well to obtain books or articles written by scientists, like David Offitt--a leader in the field of vaccine safety. (Sept.)

[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

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 author biography


Stacy Mintzer Herlihy is a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in many publications including Big Apple Parent Magazine and USA Today.

E. Allison Hagood is a psychology professor at a community college in Colorado. Before becoming a professor, she was a clinician and researcher specializing in adults with severe mental illnesses. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Foreword author
Paul A. Offit, MD, 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 published several books including Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases and Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All.



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