Your Baby's Best Shot

Your Baby's Best Shot

Why Vaccines Are Safe and Save Lives

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2012
ISBN: 9781442215788
Branch Call Number: 614 .47 HER
Characteristics: x, 213 p. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hagood, E. Allison

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bottlegirl2003
Jul 11, 2016

I have recently completed this book and I enjoyed it. I was already pro-vaccination before reading and this book gave me better explanations and arguments to use in discussions with other people. As the book says, due to confirmation bias it's almost impossible to change someone's opinion once it's set about things, but I would hope that anti-vaxxers would at least try this book so that they too could be better informed.

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jwcoles
Dec 11, 2012

A good book for any parent, or anyone, wondering if there is any basis to the controversy over vaccines (Spoiler - there isn't). It clearly lays out the very seriuos risks of not vaccinating your child against the much less serious risks of the vaccine itself, and provides clear explanations of why the many anti-vaccination arguments are wrong and even dangerous.

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