Vaccines and Your Child Separating Fact from Fiction

ISBN-10: 0231153074

ISBN-13: 9780231153072

Edition: 2011

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Paul A. Offit, M.D., and Charlotte A. Moser, leading advocates for modern vaccines, answer parents' numerous questions about the underlying science of modern vaccines and the value of childhood immunization, while forthrightly addressing parents' concerns about vaccine safety. In straightforward prose, the authors explain how vaccines work, how they are made, what goes into their making, as well as vaccines' real risks, balanced against the danger of childhood infectious diseases and the threat of diseases that have reemerged due to declining childhood vaccination rates.Offit and Moser address parental fears that children may receive too many vaccines too early. They consider the evidence that the HPV vaccine may cause chronic fatigue or other dangerous side effects, and they lay to rest any worries that additives and preservatives in vaccines cause autism. The authors warn against complacency and a false sense of security or the notion that a disease is too remote to do a child serious harm. There couldn't be a better moment& -or a more pressing need& -for a book that offers honesty, not hype, about protecting children's health.
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List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/26/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Paul A. Offit, M.D. 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 received numerous awards, including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. An international expert on rotavirus-specific immune responses, Dr. Offit is the coinventor of the rotavirus vaccine RotaTeq, for which he received the Jonas Salk Award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Gold Medal from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Stanley A. Plotkin Award in Vaccinology from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. He will donate all royalties from sales of this book to autism research.

Questions Parents have about Vaccines
What are vaccines?
Why do we still need vaccines?
How do vaccines work?
How are vaccines made?
What steps do pharmaceutical companies go through make vaccines?
Who recommends vaccines?
How do we know vaccines work?
Are vaccine-preventable diseases really that bad?
Isn't it better to be naturally infected than immunized?
Are vaccines given on a one-size-fits-all schedule?
Is there any harm in using an alternative schedule?
Why can't vaccines be combined to lessen the number of shots?
Why aren't more vaccines given by mouth?
Can I avoid vaccines by living a healthy lifestyle?
Why should I trust a system that makes money for companies?
Should vaccines be mandated?
Is it my social responsibility to get vaccines?
Are vaccines safe?
How do I know if a problem is caused by vaccines?
What systems are in place to ensure that vaccines are safe?
How do we know that different vaccines can be given at the same time?
Do too many vaccines overwhelm the immune system?
Do too many vaccines weaken the immune system?
Do too many vaccines cause chronic diseases?
Do vaccines cause autism?
Do vaccines cause allergies and asthma?
Do vaccines cause cancer?
Do vaccines cause diabetes?
Do vaccines cause mad cow disease?
Do vaccines cause multiple sclerosis?
Do vaccines cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)?
Are there �hot lots� of vaccines?
Is the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) a good way to tell whether a vaccine is harmful?
Are package inserts useful?
How do I sort out good from bad information about vaccines?
Do vaccines contain products to which children could be allergic?
Do vaccines contain harmful preservatives like mercury?
Do vaccines contain harmful adjuvants like aluminum?
Do vaccines contain harmful chemicals like formaldehyde?
Do vaccines contain ether or antifreeze?
Are vaccines made using aborted fetal cells?
Do vaccines contain products from animals?
Practical Considerations
How do I deal with my child's fear of shots?
What can I do to make the vaccine visit less stressful?
Who shouldn't get vaccines?
Can I vaccinate my child if he is ill?
Can I vaccinate my premature baby?
Can I vaccinate my child if he's taking steroids?
Can I receive a vaccine if I'm pregnant?
Can I vaccinate my child if I'm breastfeeding?
What if my child inadvertently gets an extra dose of vaccine?
What if my child inadvertently misses a dose of vaccine?
Can I vaccinate my child if someone in the home is immune compromised?
Do vaccines given in countries from which children are adopted still count?
Individual Vaccines
Vaccines in the First Year of Life
Hepatitis B
Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
Vaccines in the Second Year of Life
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
Hepatitis A
Vaccines for Adolescents and Teens
Human Papillomavirus
The Vaccine Schedule
Vaccine Schedule and Combination Vaccines
Why this schedule?
Changes to the Schedule
Catch-up Schedule
Vaccine Records
A Note About Registries
Selected Reading
About the Authors
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