You shouldn’t need a PhD to understand excellent immunization books. Just like with Facebook, Twitter, Ted Talks, and websites, there’s a ton of books out there, and it’s hard to know which ones to trust. Here is our guide to vaccination books that are useful, scientifically accurate and (best of all!) readable.
The Panic Virus
In this book, Seth Mnookin examines the birth of a dangerous myth related to vaccines and how the media and parental fear allowed it to take on a life of its own.
It's rare for a book on this subject to rise to the level of literature, but Eula Biss has produced a spellbinding meditation on her time as a young mother deciding whether to vaccinate her chlld. Through the telling of the history, practice and science of vaccination, she explores why some fear vaccines -- and how many of those fears are unfounded.
Do Vaccines Cause That?! A Guide for Evaluating Vaccine Safety Concerns
The majority of parents choose to immunize their kids, but a small minority is concerned about vaccine safety. Martin Myers, MD and Diego Pineda, MS—who have coauthored more than 80 peer-reviewed articles on vaccines—cut through the misinformation that causes those fears.
Your Baby's Best Shot
Stacy Mintzer Herlihy and E. Allison Hagood know that vaccinating your kids should be “the easiest parenting decision you’ll ever make”—and this book will make that a reality for parents everywhere. You'll find everything from the history of vaccines to tips for judging online info.
Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases
Dr. Paul Offit tells the story of Maurice Hilleman, widely considered to be the father of modern vaccines. This story of one brilliant man's determination to beat dangerous infectious diseases like mumps and hepatitis B is inspiring. Read this for the motivation to finish the work that Hilleman started—a world free from preventable diseases. Like what you read? Check out Deadly Choices, Offit's run down of the arguments made by those who oppose vaccines and what science really says about them.
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