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The Vaccine Debate

by Tish Davidson

 

From a measles outbreak at Disneyland to the deaths of several infants from whooping cough, the effects of decreased vaccination rates are becoming apparent.

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November 2018

Greenwood

Pages 236
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Health & Wellness/Medicine
  Health & Wellness/Diseases and Conditions

Providing accurate, accessible information on vaccines and the controversies that surround them, this book outlines the history of vaccine regulation and interactions between vaccines and the immune system, and thoughtfully considers each vaccine debate.

A part of Greenwood's Health and Medical Issues Today series, The Vaccine Debate provides a straightforward introduction to the interaction between vaccines and the immune system.

The book documents the rise of the anti-vaccination movement, provides reasons for its prominence today, and explains the effects of vaccine refusal on public health. It also addresses concerns about the role of government in regulating vaccine production and administration, along with questions about vaccine safety.

Additionally, a majority of the book examines in detail seven major vaccine controversies and mainstream medical positions on them. These controversies are given individual attention, with questions at the end of each to encourage critical thinking about such topics as the effectiveness of vaccines in protecting public health and whether vaccinations should be mandatory for public school attendance.

Features

  • Explains in depth the uses, dosage, adverse events, contraindications, and limitations of every vaccine
  • Traces the rise of vaccine resistance from the 1800s to the present
  • Considers the role of the government in vaccination requirements
  • Discusses the debate about whether vaccines cause neuropsychological disorders such as autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Examines the appropriateness of the current recommended childhood vaccines
Series Description

Health and Medical Issues Today


From the latest developments in treatment to updates on public health threats, information about health and medicine impacts lives more directly than almost any other subject. Despite a wealth of coverage online and in print media, there is still an overwhelming need for a single source to which a reader can turn for accurate, current information on an issue of concern.

The series Health and Medical Issues Today provides just such one-stop resources for those seeking solid overviews of the most controversial and persisting issues in health and psychology. Each volume offers a balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural aspects of subjects ranging from obesity to sports medicine, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and tobacco use.
Author Info

Tish Davidson, AM, is a medical writer specializing in making technical information accessible to a general readership. She is the author of Vaccines: History, Science, and Issues, part of Greenwood's The Story of a Drug series. She is also the author of Fluids and Electrolytes and has contributed to Biology: A Text for High School Students and Adolescent Health & Wellness. Davidson holds membership in the American Medical Writers Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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Reviews

"This is an excellent resource for public, consumer-health, and school libraries."
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"A clear history of vaccination in the United Kingdom and the United States, along with a presentation of the evolution of opposition movements . . . This book addresses an important issue and should be considered by all public, high school, and academic libraries."ARBA

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