We have compiled this catalogue of books to help parents, lawmakers, medical practitioners and scientists understand several important points about the vaccine issue:
- there is abundant science published in peer reviewed medical and scientific journals suggesting cause for concern about the safety of vaccines;
- the vaccine debate is not a debate between parents and doctors but rather amongst scientists with opposing views;
- vaccines may be linked to a host of chronic illnesses and conditions such as asthma, allergies, learning disabilities, behavioral problems, autism, unexplained infant death and autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, MS, and others;
- there are connections between the gut, immune, and neurological issues often seen in vaccine injuries.
There are two lists of books: one list provides the conventional perspective on vaccines and another list that provides perspectives concerning vaccine safety, awareness and freedom issues that challenge the conventional perspective. Neither list is exhaustive but rather provides a flavor of what is out there to digest as you work your way through your own personal decisions and Think Again!
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Books on Vaccine Safety, Awareness and Rights Issues
A Shot in the Dark
by Barbara Loe Fisher
“The first major book (1985, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) to critique safety flaws in the mass vaccination system and expose the dangers of the DPT vaccine, including the link between vaccine induced brain inflammation and autism. Referenced with scientific studies and more than 100 case histories of vaccine injury & death. There are some things that never change. A classic. Available by making a donation of $50 or more to the NVIC. Click on the image to donate and receive this book.” Book reviewed from Vaccine Awakening
by Louise Kuo Habakus and Mary Holland, JD
“Featuring more than twenty experts from the fields of ethics, law, science, medicine, business, and history, Vaccine Epidemic urgently calls for reform. It is the essential handbook for the vaccination choice movement and required reading for all people contemplating vaccination for themselves and their children.” Book reviewed from Vaccine Epidemic
by Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD
“Why do vaccines fail to give us lasting immunity to viral diseases?
Why do vaccines provide no guarantee of protection from invasive bacterial diseases?
Why does vaccination destroy herd immunity and eliminate our chance to prevent diseases naturally?
Vaccine Illusion answers these questions and more.
Vaccine Illusion is written by an immunologist to help parents make vaccination decisions based on proper understanding of immunity and vaccines.” Book reviewed from Vaccine Illusion
Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective?
by Neil Z. Miller
“This bestselling vaccine handbook evaluates each vaccine for safety, efficacy, and long-term effects. It contains the most comprehensive, up-to-date, uncensored data available–information that many doctors don’t even know. It includes the most recent studies, numerous case histories detailing vaccine-induced damage to children, and pinpoints for parents exact conditions that may put their own child at high risk. It includes information on vaccine ingredients, natural versus artificial immunity, and provides data documenting correlations between MMR and autism, polio vaccines and cancer, the hepatitis B vaccine and multiple sclerosis, the Hib vaccine and diabetes, and much, much more. In addition, it outlines current vaccine laws and offers parental options to “mandatory” shots.” Book reviewed from ThinkTwice
The Vaccine Book
by Robert W. Sears, MD
“Almost every parent has questions about childhood vaccines, but nobody
can offer complete, authoritative, unbiased answers . . . until now. In The
Vaccine Book, Dr. Bob Sears explores the childcare question of the
decade, “Should you vaccinate your child?” Book reviewed from AskDrSears.com
The Age of Autism
by Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill
“Much of the public discussion about autism has missed the point about the possible causes. To solve this question, two writers began digging into the history of other degenerative neurological disorders. Their research led them to discover incredible and previously unacknowledged links between a strain of syphilis which left suffers raving mad, the spike in incidence of schizophrenia during the Industrial Revolution, and the hidden commonalities between the parents of the first children diagnosed with autism in the 1930s.
The Age of Autism connects these dots to form a startling new thesis: behind each of these disorders – and many more – was exposure to mercury, the most toxic non-radioactive substance known to man.” Book reviewed from Macmillan
Evidence of Harm
by David Kirby
“Journalist David Kirby explores the chilling possibility that a vaccine additive may be fueling an apparent epidemic of autism, ADD, speech delay and other disorders in America’s children.” Book reviewed from Evidence of Harm
How to Raise a Healthy Child…in spite of your doctor
by Robert Mendelsohn, MD
“Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, renowned pediatrician and author advises parents on home treatment and diagnosis of colds and flus, childhood illnesses, vision and hearing problems, allergies, and more. PLUS, a complete section on picking the right doctor for your child, step-by-step instructions for knowing when to call a doctor, and much more.” Book reviewed from BecomeHealthyNow.com
The Vaccine Guide
by Randall Neustaedter
“Part I takes readers through the background, the philosophy, the misconceptions, and the data they will need to form their own opinions about vaccines. Part II discusses each of the diseases and their vaccines, including difficult to obtain facts about vaccine reactions. For the first time, parents and adults who must decide about their own use of vaccines are presented with all the facts they need to make informed decisions.” Book reviewed from cureguide.com
The Truth About Vaccines
by Richard Halvorsen, MD
“I am not anti-vaccine (I wouldn’t run an immunisation clinic if I were) but I do have concerns about the quantity and frequency of vaccines given to very young babies.
I spent many years researching children’s vaccines, and have written up my findings in my book, The Truth about Vaccines which was first published in 2007. An updated and expanded 2nd edition was published in August 2009.” Book reviewed from Dr. Halvorsen’s site
Vaccine Safety Manual
by Neil Z. Miller
“The Vaccine Safety Manual is the world’s most complete guide to immunization risks and protection. It includes pertinent information on every major vaccine: polio, tetanus, MMR, hepatitis A, B, HPV (cervical cancer), Hib, Flu, chickenpox, shingles, rotavirus, pneumococcal, meningococcal, RSV, DTaP, anthrax, smallpox, TB, and more. All of the information, including detailed vaccine safety and efficacy data, is written in an easy-to-understand format, yet includes more than 1,000 scientific citations. More than 100 charts, graphs and illustrations supplement the text. This encyclopedic health manual is an important addition to every family’s home library and will be referred to again and again.” Book reviewed from Think Twice
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations
by Stephanie Cave, MD
“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.” Book reviewed from Hachette Book Group
Saying No to Vaccines
by Sherri Tenpenny
Saying No to Vaccines: A Resource Guide for All Ages is not just about childhood vaccinations. It shines a light on the 25 most common misconceptions about vaccines and addresses problems with vaccines in all age groups. Adults are faced with an increasing number of vaccine requirements and many have been severely injured by vaccination. Being older does not automatically make vaccination safe. You will discover information here to help international travelers, healthcare workers, nursing home workers & residents, adoptions, college students, those in the military…and more!” Book reviewed from Saying No to Vaccines
Natural Baby and Childcare
by Lauren Feder, MD
“From feeding to healing, clothing to washing, raising children naturally can be a daunting task-unless you know how. Natural Baby and Childcare shows you how to complement conventional therapy with natural treatments such as homeopathic and herbal medicine, how to bathe your child without using damaging chemicals, and how to find healthy organic food for your baby. As a physician and a mom, Dr. Lauren Feder skillfully bridges the divide between medicine and motherhood, empowering patients to personalize traditional child-rearing practices to their own child.” Book reviewed from DrFeder.com
The Parents’ Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations
by Lauren Feder, MD
“‘A brilliantly readable exposition of the facts about vaccinations…this book will help you more than any other’ – Jay N. Gordon, MD, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA Medical School, and author of Listening to Your Baby” Book reviewed from DrFeder.com
Vaccination, Social Violence, and Criminality: The Medical Assault on the American Brain
by Harris Coulter
“Coulter considers the relationship of vaccination to autism, hyperactivity, allergies, autoimmune diseases, and learning disabilities. He carries his argument into the social realm, suggesting a connection between neurological damage and the present high level of criminality in American society. Vaccination, Social Violence, and Criminality will become a cornerstone in the ongoing debate about childhood vaccinations.” Book reviewed from Goodreads
Books with conventional perspectives on vaccines
Vaccines: What you should know
by Paul Offit, MD & Louis Bell
“Get the straight facts about vaccines and make informed choices.
Do you wonder whether vaccines are safe and whether they are all really necessary? This completely revised and updated edition of the classic Vaccines: What You Should Know helps you sort through the latest information about vaccines in order to determine what is right for your family.
Coauthored by Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the CDC advisory committee that determines which vaccines are recommended for use in the United States, this guide tells you what vaccines are made of and clearly explains how they are made, how they work, and the risks associated with them.
This updated edition includes recommendations for the smallpox vaccine, the latest information on vaccines for travelers, and the latest on the progress of combination vaccines. Expanded information on vaccine safety includes discussion of vaccines and autism, mercury in vaccines, and the ability of children to tolerate numerous vaccines at once.” Book reviewed from Abebooks
Vaccines and Your Child
by Paul Offit, MD and Charlotte A. Moser
“Dr. Paul A. Offit and Charlotte A. Moser answer questions about the science and safety of modern vaccines. In straightforward prose, they explain how vaccines work, how they are made, and how they are tested. Most important, they separate the real risks of vaccines from feared but unfounded risks. Offit and Moser address parental fears that children may receive too many vaccines too early, that the HPV vaccine may cause chronic fatigue or other dangerous side effects, that additives and preservatives in vaccines cause autism, and that vaccines might do more harm than good. There couldn’t be a better moment or more pressing need for this book, which offers honesty – instead of hype – in the quest to protect children’s health.” Book reviewed from AbeBooks.com
Caring for Your Baby and Young Child
by Steven Shelov
“The trusted guide that parents have turned to for nearly 20 years just got even better—with new chapters on sleep and allergies, along with new content on resilience, prebiotics and probiotics, and other healthy lifestyle topics. Information on obesity, exercise, and nutrition has been expanded as well. AAP flagship consumer title with more than 400 million copies in print.” Book reviewed from Caring for Your Baby and Young Child
Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver
by Arthur Allen
“Vaccine juxtaposes the stories of brilliant scientists with the industry’s struggle to produce safe, effective, and profitable vaccines. It focuses on the role of military and medical authority in the introduction of vaccines and looks at why some parents have resisted this authority. Political and social intrigue have often accompanied vaccination—from the divisive introduction of smallpox inoculation in colonial Boston to the 9,000 lawsuits recently filed by parents convinced that vaccines caused their children’s autism. With narrative grace and investigative journalism, Arthur Allen reveals a history illuminated by hope and shrouded by controversy, and he sheds new light on changing notions of health, risk, and the common good.” Book reviewed from thegatesnotes.com
Parents’ Guide to Childhood Immunizations
by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
“The Parents’ Guide to Childhood Immunizations helps parents and caregivers learn about the role vaccines play in helping keep children healthy. The color booklet, updated in 2010 and reprinted in 2012, includes a glossary and list of resources and is illustrated with children’s artwork.” Book reviewed from the CDC site