There's a tremendous amount of misinformation out there for new parents on the issue of vaccination: on the web, in parents' discussion groups, and even in books. How to counter these waves of misinformation?
Now I have a new book to give or recommend: Your Baby's Best Shot: Why Vaccines are Safe and Save Lives, written by Stacy Mintzer Herlihy and Allison Hagood. You can order it from Amazon now.
Stacy Herlihy and Allison Hagood have written a lively, easy-to-read guide to the realities about vaccines. I particularly appreciated the chapter on the human immune system. It is explained, and how vaccines affect the immune system is explained in non-technical language.
Many parents are concerned about the ingredients in vaccines. The book demystifies most common ingredients, and provides readers with a way of visualizing the amounts in question. The book also covers adverse reactions, and reviews how common true adverse effects are.
Next, the book turns to myths about vaccines involving autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, sudden infant death and more. The authors carefully explain how the myths started and why they are false. Finally, the book names some of the leading figures in the anti-vaccine movement and explains how they are mistaken.
This book would make a great baby shower gift. I wish obstetricians and pediatricians would buy this in bulk to give out to their patients, either as part of prenatal care or as a helpful guide to new parents.