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Resources for providers, as well as helpful and informative books for patients

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Books for Parents and Children

Max Greene and the Vaccine Team: A Children's Book for Non-profits to Help Educate Children
By Lindsey Douglas. Illustrated by Adam Johnson (Characters for a Cause, 2016, 36 pages; ). Max Greene is a young flu vaccine who canít wait to start protecting children. But the discovery that kids donít like getting vaccinated causes Max to walk away from his job. Little does he know, the flu virus is coming to town and making everyone sick. Will the Vaccine Team be reunited in time to protect the children? The book's target audience is children ages 3–8 years. Older children can read the story on their own but the core purpose of the book is for parents to read the book to their children before they get a vaccination. Order online as 10% of all proceeds are donated to charities dedicated to change.
Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine
Written by Paul A. Offit, MD, (Basic Books, 2015; 253 pages). In Bad Faith Dr. Offit describes in vivid detail those who choose to medically martyr themselves, or their children, in the name of religion, and the complex relationship of medicine and religion in America. Available in both paper and Kindle formats from Amazon and other major booksellers.
On Immunity. An Inoculation
Written by Eula Biss (Greywolf Press, 2014; 205 pages). The author addresses fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what may be in our childrenís air, food, mattresses, medicines, and in particular vaccines. Available in hardback, paperback and Kindle formats from Amazon.
Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure
By Paul A. Offit, MD (Columbia University Press, 2008: 328 pages). In this book, Paul A. Offit, a national expert on vaccines, recounts the history of autism research and the exploitation of this tragic condition by advocates and zealots. To order, visit your local bookstore or order online. Contact Columbia University Press at (800) 944-8648 or by fax at (800) 944-1844.
Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby's First Year
Popular baby book for parents, by Ari Brown, MD and Denise Fields (Windsor Peak Press, 5th edition, 2011), includes an excellent section on immunization topics. Dr. Ari Brown is an official spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. A trusted source for child health and development, Dr. Brown has made appearances on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, ABC News, Dr. Phil, and the Rachael Ray Show. Order online from the publisher.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vaccinations
Written by Michael Joseph Smith, M.D., M.S.C.E., and Laurie Bouck (Penguin, 2010; 288 pages), this guide takes the mystery out of this often-confusing topic. Designed to help the reader understand and appreciate this unique public health tool, the book explains how vaccines work, how they are tested and monitored, and what vaccinations are recommended for children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and special groups such as travelers. The book also explores several related issues, such as the use of mercury in vaccines, the cycle of influenza epidemics, why there are vaccine shortages, and what new vaccines might be developed next. Available in two formats: paperback and eBook.
Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All
Written by Paul A. Offit, MD, (Basic Books, 2010; 288 pages). Deadly Choices is the story of anti-vaccine activity in America—its origins, leaders, influences, and impact—and is a powerful defense of science in the face of fear.
Do Vaccines Cause That?! A Guide for Evaluating Vaccine Safety Concerns
A must-read book for parents, health professionals, journalists and educators concerned about the safety of vaccines. The authors, Martin Myers, MD and Diego Pineda, MS, are, respectively, the editor and the science writer for the National Network for Immunization Information (NNii). They have co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed articles on immunization issues. This guide will help you sort through all the misinformation that makes it hard to decide what's best for your child's health. All sections were reviewed by experts for accuracy and by a group of nontechnically trained readers (mothers) for clarity.
Flu and You
By Geri Rodda, R.N. Illustrated by Jim Rodda (Pumpkin Hill Productions, 2007, 36 pages). Influenza arrives each Fall, with plans to spread its germs to all! Follow Influenza as she goes to school, home, and the playground. Learn healthy habits to avoid catching and spreading the flu. Order online from the publisher.
The History of Vaccines
By Karie Youngdahl, Babi Hammond, and Michelle Sipics (College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 2013, 52 pages). Written by the people behind the award-winning HistoryofVaccines.org website, this book covers the birth of vaccination in the late 1700s and traces the influences of the bacteriological revolution of the late 1800s into the rapidly expanding field of vaccinology. The book is colorful and visually engaging, with more than 40 illustrations, photographs, and charts. Most of the images are taken from the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. To purchase, order online. If you are interested in purchasing more than 10 copies of the book for a pediatric practice or other use, please contact Karie Youngdahl, the project director, at kyoungdahl@collegeofphysicians.org. A timeline poster (20" by 18") of vaccine history is also available.
Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and World-Life Balance
This book, by Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and World-Life Balance ( American Academy of Pediatric, 2014, 389 pages) is available through the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as from large and small booksellers across the country. Dr. Swanson has been an outstanding supporter of vaccination on her blog, and her book includes a section on immunization.
The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear
In The Panic Virus (Simon & Schuster, 2011: 429 pages), journalist Seth Mnookin draws on interviews with parents, public-health advocates, scientists, and anti-vaccine activists to tackle a fundamental question: How do we decide what the truth is? The book is a riveting and sometimes heart-breaking medical detective story that explores the limits of rational thought. It is the ultimate cautionary tale for our time.
Parents Guide to Childhood Immunization
The 64-page guide offers a quick read on childhood diseases and the vaccines that protect children from them. Order a free booklet or print your own copy.
Parents PACK Newsletter
The Vaccine Education Center's new monthly vaccine email newsletter is just for parents and it's one of the benefits of their new Parents PACK Program. Each issue will offer: timely vaccine information you can use, announcements, feature articles, and vaccine questions and answers.
PKIDs' Pediatric Hepatitis Report
Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDs) 530-page report helps parents understand hepatitis A-E from transmission to treatment to civil rights protection. You can download the pdf for free This web page also offers access to a Spanish, Russian, and simplified Chinese version. For more information about any of PKIDS activities, call toll-free (877) 557-5437 [(877) 55-PKIDS)] or (360) 695-0293 during regular business hours Pacific Time.
Plain Talk About Childhood Immunizations
This free online booklet (Washington State Department of Health, 2009) provides parents with accurate information about immunizations and the diseases they prevent, vaccine safety, and other topics of interest to the public. The publication, available in English and Spanish, can be downloaded in either low resolution (for printing on office copiers) or high resolution (for professional printing).
The Saturday Shot; A Nellie Park Adventure
By Morgan Thomas (Tate Publishing, 2009: 24 pages). Join author Morgan Thomas on her creative journey with Nellie Park, a girl who is facing her biggest fear—the needle. The Saturday Shot is the perfect remedy for kids of all ages dealing with a vaccination appointment.
Vaccine-Preventable Disease: The Forgotten Story
By Rachel M. Cunningham, MPH; Julie A. Boom, MD; and Carol J. Baker, MD. Written by experts from the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research (CVAR) in response to increased media attention on vaccines, this book profiles families devastated by vaccine-preventable disease. The book seeks to educate families about the importance of protecting children through vaccines and to dispel the myth that vaccine-preventable diseases are merely relics of the past. To purchase ($3.50), order online.
Vaccines and Your Baby
This 40-page booklet, by Paul A. Offit, M.D., is filled with colorful photographs and illustrations to accompany the video by the same name; view video at vec.chop.edu/video/vaccines-and-your-baby/home.html. Order the booklet and the DVD for your clinic, hospital, or practice.
Vaccines and Your Child: Separating Fact from Fiction
By Paul A. Offit, MD, and Charlotte A. Moser (Share, 2011, 264 pages). A book for parents seeking accurate and detailed vaccine information. Cost is $16.95 (paperback). To purchase, visit your local bookstore or order online.
Vaccines for Maxine
By Geri Rodda, R.N. Illustrated by Jim Rodda (Pumpkin Hill Productions, 2012, 32 pages). Learn all about vaccines as Maxine and her pup put on a dream-world play. Order online from the publisher.
This page was updated on February 18, 2016.
This page was reviewed on January 14, 2016.
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