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Childhood Vaccinations: Answers to Your Questions, 2nd Edition. Katia Bailetti, $19.95

Childhood Vaccinations: Making Informed Decisions, 2nd Edition. Katia Bailetti, $14.95 (Workbook)

This unique resource does not bias toward or against childhood vaccinations but rather guides parents in making informed decisions with relevant, current and reliable information.


The Essential Guide to Children’s Vaccines. Deborah Mitchell, $9.99

  • Up-to-date information on current vaccines
  • Complete descriptions of common diseases including HPV, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Chicken Pox, and more
  • Signs and Symptoms of the most common medical risks associated with vaccines
  • Health and safety guidelines every parent should know
  • Signs and symptoms of common childhood illnesses
  • Alternatives to traditional vaccination schedules

Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All. Paul Offit, $19.99

In 2014, California suffered the largest and deadliest outbreak of pertussis, also known as "whooping cough," in more than fifty years. This tragedy was avoidable. An effective vaccine has been available since the 1940s. In recent years other diseases, like measles and mumps, have also made a comeback. The reason for these epidemics can be traced to a group whose vocal proponents insist, despite evidence to the contrary, that vaccines are poison. As a consequence, parents and caretakers are rejecting vaccines for themselves and their families.

In Deadly Choices, infectious-disease expert Paul Offit takes a look behind the curtain of the anti-vaccine movement. What he finds is a reminder of the power of scientific knowledge, and the harm we risk if we ignore it. 

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Keeping Your Child Healthy in a Germ-Filled World: a Guide for Parents. Athena Kourtis, $24.95

The world is full of germs, and the news is full of stories about infectious diseases and antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Infections are harmful, but not all germs are bad. What can parents do to protect their children?

Dr. Athena Kourtis, a pediatrician and infectious disease specialist — and mother — teaches parents how to protect their kids without going overboard. She helps parents sort through the latest information about antibiotics, vaccines, hygiene, health foods, and home remedies, and she identifies which rules to follow — and which ones to ignore. She says:

  • No to overprotecting your children from germs
  • No to antimicrobial soaps and cleaning products at home
  • No to over-prescribed antibiotics
  • Yes to strategic hand washing
  • Yes to being conscious of germs and the pathways they use
  • Yes to vaccines

She offers tips for protecting your children wherever they are — at home or school, on the playground, while traveling — and whatever they are doing — playing sports, camping, visiting the beach — and answers questions that commonly worry parents. Reading this comprehensive, illustrated guide is the first step to keeping your family healthy. Up-to-date, accurate information and a clear understanding of how germs and our bodies work will help you and your child stay afloat in the microbial sea.


Lions Aren’t Scared of Shots: a Story for Children About Visiting the Doctor. Howard Bennett, $10.50 (ages 4-6)

Molly is worried. It's time for her doctor visit and she doesn't want to go. She likes Dr. Ryan. She just doesn't like shots! But with the help of her imagination, Molly finds her courageous inner lion right when she needs it the most.

 


Natural Alternatives to Vaccination. Zoltan Rona, $11.95

Known for his preventative approach to health care, Canadian author and medical doctor Zoltan Rona presents practical, healthy alternatives to immunization.

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On Immunity: an Inoculation. Eula Biss, $27.50

On becoming a new mother, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear — fear of the government, the medical establishment, what is in your child’s air, food, mattress, medicine, and vaccines. She finds that you cannot immunize your child, or yourself, from the world.

In this bold, fascinating book, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. As she hears more and more fears about vaccines, Biss researches what they mean for her own child, her immediate community, America and the world, historically and in the present moment. She extends a conversation with other mothers to meditations on Voltaire’s Candide, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Susan Sontag’s AIDS and Its Metaphors, and beyond. On Immunity is a moving account of how we are all interconnected — our bodies and our fates.


100 Questions & Answers about Childhood Immunizations. Thomas Belhorn, $25.95

Parents and family members will appreciate 100 Questions & Answers About Childhood Immunizations. The only text to provide both a doctors and patients point of view, this text presents up-to-date, authoritative, practical answers to the most commonly asked questions about the safety and administration of immunizations in children and adolescents. This book is an invaluable resource for all parents and family members negotiating their most effective treatment options for their children.


The Panic Virus: a True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear. Seth Mnookin, $18.99

In 1998 Andrew Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist, published a paper with a shocking allegation: the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine might cause autism. The media seized hold of the story and, in the process, helped to launch one of the most devastating health scares ever. Since that time, one study after another has failed to find any link between childhood vaccines and autism. Yet the myth that vaccines somehow cause developmental disorders lives on. Despite the lack of corroborating evidence, it has been popularized by media personalities and legitimized by journalists who claim that they are just being fair to "both sides" of an issue about which there is little to debate.

In The Panic Virus, Seth Mnookin draws on interviews with parents, public-health advocates, scientists, and anti-vaccine activists to tackle a fundamental question: How do we decide what the truth is? The Panic Virus is a riveting and sometimes heart-breaking medical detective story that explores the limits of rational thought. It is the ultimate cautionary tale for our time.

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The Parent’s Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations: Practical Medical and Natural Ways to Protect Your Child, Second Edition. Lauren Feder, updated by Letrinh Hoang, $15.95

The latest available information on vaccinations for children (including the meningococcal, HPV vaccinations and rotavirus), as well the most-up-to date schedules and additional information parents need to know to help them make the right decisions regarding vaccines. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of childhood vaccination, everyone agrees that the health of our children is paramount. The Parents’ Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations is your complete guide to making sure your child gets the proper care at this important time in their development.

For those who have chosen to vaccinate, The Parents’ Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations offers both practical medical and natural remedies to avoid possible side effects. If you have chosen not to vaccinate your children, the book also includes natural medicines to strengthen your child’s immune system, along with tips on how to deal with legal exemptions, school requirements, and medical insurances.


The Vaccination Picture. Timothy Caulfield, $32.95

Few topics in health policy have generated as much debate — and frustration — among public health experts as the issue of vaccine safety. Misinformation around the science of vaccination continues to spread, and too often the media fails to report bad science for what it is.

Using science-informed analysis alongside original art and powerful essays, health science leader Timothy Caulfield debunks the myths and false assumptions about vaccination safety and effectiveness. Accessible, informative, and entertaining, The Vaccination Picture tells the true story of vaccines, their uses, and their positive effects for everyone.


Vaccinations: a Thoughtful Parent's Guide. Aviva Jill Romm, $24.95

A guide on making safe, sensible decisions about the risks, benefits and alternatives regarding immunization. By sifting through the current research on vaccine safety and efficacy, the author offers a sensible and balanced discussion of each routine childhood vaccination as well as alternative immunization schedules; negotiating school requirements; strengthening children's immune systems and more. Emphasizing that no single approach is appropriate for every family or every child, Vaccinations: a Thoughtful Parent's Guide helps guide parents as they make choices that are right for their child.

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The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, Revised. Robert Sears, $18.00

With the recent spate of publicity surrounding the possible health risks posed by childhood immunization, parents are no longer simply following doctor's orders and automatically having their children vaccinated. Instead, they are asking questions. The problem is the search for answers only leads parents to conflicting, one-sided information. With THE VACCINE BOOK, parents have a fair, impartial, fact-based resource they can turn to for answers.

Each chapter is devoted to a disease/vaccine pair and offers a comprehensive discussion of what the disease is, how common or rare it is, how serious or harmless it is, the ingredients of the vaccine, and any possible side effects from the vaccine. Ultimately, parents will have to make their own informed decisions as Dr. Bob Sears is neither pro-vaccine nor anti-vaccine. But THE VACCINE BOOK will provide exactly the information parents want and need as they make their way through the vaccination maze.


Vaccine: the Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver. Arthur Allen, $35.00

A fascinating account of vaccination’s miraculous, inflammatory past and its uncertain future.

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Vaccine Nation: America's Changing Relationship with Immunization. Elena Conis, $27.50

The past fifty years have witnessed an enormous upsurge in vaccines and immunization in the United States: American children now receive more vaccines than any previous generation, and laws requiring their immunization against a litany of diseases are standard. Yet, while vaccination rates have soared and cases of preventable infections have plummeted, an increasingly vocal cross section of Americans have questioned the safety and necessity of vaccines. In Vaccine Nation, Elena Conis explores this complicated history and its consequences for personal and public health.

Vaccine Nation opens in the 1960s, when government scientists — triumphant following successes combating polio and smallpox — considered how the country might deploy new vaccines against what they called the “milder” diseases, including measles, mumps, and rubella. In the years that followed, Conis reveals, vaccines fundamentally changed how medical professionals, policy administrators, and ordinary Americans came to perceive the diseases they were designed to prevent. She brings this history up to the present with an insightful look at the past decade’s controversy over the implementation of the Gardasil vaccine for HPV, which sparked extensive debate because of its focus on adolescent girls and young women. Through this and other examples, Conis demonstrates how the acceptance of vaccines and vaccination policies has been as contingent on political and social concerns as on scientific findings.

By setting the complex story of American vaccination within the country’s broader history, Vaccine Nation goes beyond the simple story of the triumph of science over disease and provides a new and perceptive account of the role of politics and social forces in medicine.


Vaccines 2.0: the Careful Parent's Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family. Mark Blaxil & Dan Olmsted, $27.95

Vaccines 2.0 looks at the lengthy roster of today’s recommended injections, the documented risks that accompany them, and helps parents choose a schedule based on unbiased, uncensored, unconflicted science. From whether to get a flu shot during pregnancy — and how to avoid dangerous mercury if you do — to the Hep B shot within hours of birth, to the controversial Gardasil vaccine for preteens, Vaccines 2.0 provides the tools to decide for yourself.

The three sections cover: Why should you care? What should you know? What can you do? The exclusive Risk-Reward Assessment assigns a numerical score to each of the 14 recommended vaccines. Also included is information on learning to spot, report and treat side effects; talking to your doctor and finding a sympathetic one if you can't, and comparing alternative schedules if you decide to delay or skip shots. When it comes to your child, it's your choice. Vaccines 2.0 will give you the information you need to choose wisely.

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Vaccines: What Everyone Needs to Know. Kristen Feemster, $18.95

Immunization is regarded by many as one of the greatest advances in modern civilization. The widespread use of vaccines has led to increases in life expectancy, reductions in the occurrence of childhood diseases, and is generally credited with saving millions of lives annually. But since their discovery two centuries ago, vaccines have been dogged by pockets of persistent distrust among those who are skeptical of their science or who find compulsory immunization at odds with personal liberty. The rise of these voices in contemporary culture has contributed to trends of vaccine delay and vaccine hesitancy in some communities — a chasm between the general population and the scientific establishment that has persisted and grown at times across the last several decades.

Vaccines: What Everyone Needs to Know offers a scientifically grounded overview of the science, manufacture, and culture of vaccines in the United States and internationally. Aiming to offer an unbiased resource on this hotly debated subject, it provides accessible, authoritative overviews of the following:

  • How vaccines work
  • The history of vaccines
  • Vaccine policy — who writes it, and does it matter?
  • The contents and manufacture of vaccines
  • Vaccine injury
  • The alleged link between vaccines and autism
  • Vaccines and new outbreaks

Written by a leading authority in both infectious disease and vaccine education, this book offers a clear-eyed resource for parents or anyone with an interest in the use, efficacy, and controversy surrounding vaccines. In a subject area defined by partisanship, it offers reliable resource for what everyone needs to know.


Vaccines and Your Child: Separating Fact from Fiction. Paul Offit & Charlotte Moser, $18.95

A straightforward look at the science of modern vaccines — how they work, how they are made and how they are tested — so parents can make informed decisions about childhood immunizations.

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The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul's Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health, from Pregnancy through Your Child's Teen Years. Paul Thomas & Jennifer Margulis, $24.00

An accessible and reassuring guide to childhood health and immunity from a pediatrician who’s both knowledgeable about the latest scientific research and respectful of a family’s risk factors, health history, and concerns.

In The Vaccine-Friendly Plan, Paul Thomas, M.D., presents his proven approach to building immunity: a new protocol that limits a child’s exposure to aluminum, mercury, and other neurotoxins while building overall good health. Based on the results from his pediatric practice of more than eleven thousand children, as well as data from other credible and scientifically minded medical doctors, Dr. Paul’s vaccine-friendly protocol gives readers

  • recommendations for a healthy pregnancy and childbirth
  • vital information about what to expect at every well child visit from birth through adolescence
  • a slower, evidence-based vaccine schedule that calls for only one aluminum-containing shot at a time
  • important questions to ask about your child’s first few weeks, first years, and beyond
  • advice about how to talk to health care providers when you have concerns
  • the risks associated with opting out of vaccinations
  • a practical approach to common illnesses throughout the school years
  • simple tips and tricks for healthy eating and toxin-free living at any age

The Vaccine-Friendly Plan presents a new standard for pediatric care, giving parents peace of mind in raising happy, healthy children.


What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Children’s Vaccinations, Revised Edition. Stephanie Cave, $17.99

This is an essential guide for parents about vaccinations. Dr. Stephanie Cave explains their pros and cons and the book provides information to help parents make a knowledgeable, responsible choice about vaccinating their children.


Your Baby’s Best Shot: Why Vaccines are Safe and Save Lives. Stacy Mintzer Herlihy & E. Allison Hagood, $23.95

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. 

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Complete Booklist

Childhood Vaccinations: Answers to Your Questions, 2nd Edition. Katia Bailetti, $19.95

Childhood Vaccinations: Making Informed Decisions, 2nd Edition. Katia Bailetti, $14.95 (Workbook)

Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All. Paul Offit, $19.99

The Essential Guide to Children’s Vaccines. Deborah Mitchell, $9.99

Keeping Your Child Healthy in a Germ-Filled World: a Guide for Parents. Athena Kourtis, $24.95

Lions Aren’t Scared of Shots: a Story for Children about Visiting the Doctor Howard Bennett, $10.50 (ages 4-6)

Natural Alternatives to Vaccinations.  Zoltan Rona $11.95

On Immunity: an Inoculation. Eula Biss, $27.50

100 Questions & Answers about Childhood Immunizations. Thomas Belhorn, $25.95

The Panic Virus: a True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear. Seth Mnookin, $18.99

The Parent’s Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations: Practical Medical and Natural Ways to Protect Your Child, Second Edition. Lauren Feder, updated by Letrinh Hoang, $15.95

The Vaccination Picture. Timothy Caulfield, $32.95

Vaccinations: a Thoughtful Parent’s Guide. Aviva Jill Romm, $24.95

The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, Revised. Robert Sears, $18.00

Vaccine: the Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver. Arthur Allen, $35.00

The Vaccine Guide: Making an Informed Choice. Randall Neustaedter, $23.50 (Revised, 3rd Edition due October 2015)

Vaccine Nation: America's Changing Relationship with Immunization. Elena Conis, $27.50

Vaccines 2.0: the Careful Parent's Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family. Mark Blaxil & Dan Olmsted, $27.95

Vaccines: What Everyone Needs to Know. Kristen Feemster, $18.95

Vaccines and Your Child: Separating Fact from Fiction. Paul Offit & Charlotte Moser, $18.95

The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul's Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health, from Pregnancy through Your Child's Teen Years. Paul Thomas & Jennifer Margulis, $24.00

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Children’s Vaccinations, Revised Edition. Stephanie Cave, $17.99

Your Baby’s Best Shot: Why Vaccines are Safe and Save Lives. Stacy Mintzer Herlihy & E. Allison Hagood, $23.95

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