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


Pages 190
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Health & Wellness/Medicine
  Health & Wellness/Diseases and Conditions
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This book provides a broad introduction to the controversial anti-vaccination movement, providing readers with what they need to understand the history, motivations, and controversies surrounding this dangerous trend.

Part of Greenwood's ongoing Health and Medical Issues Today series, this book provides a broad introduction to the anti-vaccination movement that documents how it has gained momentum in recent years; the quantifiable effects of the movement on society, such as a resurgence of childhood diseases like whooping cough and measles; and the controversies surrounding the movement. It describes the long history of resistance to the medical practice of vaccination; identifies the impacts of decreased vaccination rates on important health concepts, such as herd immunity; and addresses the reasons for resistance to vaccination (as well as the mainstream scientific community's rebuttals to such concerns).

Readers will be better equipped to consider such questions as whether or not parents should be allowed to refuse vaccination for their children and whether or not the government can demand mandatory vaccination before entering public school. With its additional features such as primary source documents, a glossary, and a timeline, the work will supply readers with the information they need to understand and think critically about this timely and important topic as well as serve as a gateway to further study.


  • Presents holistic information on a timely, important, and controversial topic from a variety of perspectives to provide balanced insight
  • Includes a Controversy section that encourages readers to think carefully about important issues
  • Offers a valuable list of additional resources for further reading or research
  • Features a timeline that helps students understand the cause-and-effect relationship between events as well as a glossary that defines unfamiliar terms and makes the title more accessible to readers
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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