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Your Baby's Best Shot: Why Vaccines Are Safe and Save Lives

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 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. 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 citehigh 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.) Booklist 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 becamethe 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. Autismum Blog Herlihy and Hagood acknowledge that parents having to make the decision of whether or not to vaccinate their children may well have misgivings. They explore the origins of those doubts and rather than commend or condemn parents for fostering them, attack the doubts themselves, tearing them out by their very roots. More, this is a manual on critical thinking and the insights into psychology and behaviour that Hagood, a community college psychology professor, brings to the work are applicable to countless other issues and situations parents face and decisions they have to make everyday. This is a writing duo to be reckoned with. Hagood announces early on that she is not a parent. Her analysis of the vaccine manufacturversy is a wholly objective one. Herlihy, a writer of wit, charm and experience and a mother, recounts her tale of paranoia following her daughter being vaccinated, effectively demonstrating the power of anecdote and the human propensity to empathy. Combine these two women and you have a book that sticks like glue to the evidence thatvaccines are safe and save lives" but has huge amounts of heart and a conversational but never flippant tone that conveys a deep understanding of the toll fear and information overload can take on frazzled, possibly sleep deprived parent's critical faculties.... Your Baby's Best Shot covers a lot of ground and a fair bit of history with forty pages of notes and references at the end.Never, though, does reading this book feel like a slog. There are no inches of footnotes at the end of each page as the research discussed and the sources referenced are cited seamlessly in the main text. Even the science heavy chapters relating to how vaccines and the immune system work are somehow imbued with the same warmth of tone of the chaptersprecedingand following them. Tricky concepts are related in concrete terms of everyday experience. One can almost imagine going for a coffee with the authors and them moving salt shakers and sugar bowls around the table to demonstrate what happens when a vaccine is received. In these passages their love of science and its discoveries are clear to the reader. These authors are passionate about this subject. Foreword Reviews Whichever side you fall on in the great vaccine debate, it's always in your best interest to arm yourself with accurate information. This book discusses the real science behind vaccinations. ForeWord Reviews Whichever side you fall on in the great vaccine debate, it's always in your best interest to arm yourself with accurate information. This book discusses the real science behind vaccinations. Parents Magazine Written for parents who are pro-vaccine or who just want information about what's in all of those kids' shots, this book is a great resource. The authors break down everything from ingredients to adverse reactions to the autism myth. This book is not for parents who agree with Jenny McCarthy. She still claims thatthere is a link between vaccinations and autism. This book whole-heartedly disagrees, and breaks down the medical research to back up their points. David Gorski Written in a clear, concise, no-nonsense fashion, Stacy Mintzer Herlihy and E. Allison Hagood discuss how vaccines work, why they are safe, and why the misinformation spread by the antivaccine movement and alternative medical practitioners is without a basis in science, while describing some of the dangerous quackery that is being promoted to treatvaccine injury" that is not really vaccine injury. It is essential reading for all new parents with any doubts at all about vaccines. Jeanne Garbarino Stacy Mintzer Herlihy and E. Allison Hagood have provided an exceptional and thorough explanation of vaccines, includingwhat they are,their history, and how they have single-handedly changed the landscape for raising healthy children. This book is a must read for any new or expecting parent as it is a wonderful resource, giving parents and caregivers the opportunity to truly understand the real science behind vaccinations, as well as the positive impact they have had (and continue to have) on society. Thanks to these authors, I now have a new standard gift that I will be giving to all of my expecting friends, because the first step to making an informed parenting decision, especially when it comes to vaccination, is educating yourself. Arthur Allen Herlihy and Hagood came to this book with many doubts and questionsand a determination to provide something useful to parents who for one reason or another are worried aboutvaccinating their children. Anxious parents should take their honest, thorough examination of the subject as helpful advice from two good surrogates for a trusted neighbor or friend.
  • Herlihy, Stacy Mintzer
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • 2012
  • 220
  • 9781442215788
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