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What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Children's Vaccinations

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  447 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Grand Central Life & Style (first published September 1st 2001)
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Jan 02, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: moms that are pro-vaccinations
I learned the important facts that if I am not a crack whore and I have actually seen a doctor throughout a pregnancy then I do not need to have my newborn vaccinated for Hepatitis B or A. If he or she wants to be shady in college then the vaccination will not cover the college years anyways, and s/he will have to be re-vaccinated anyways to cover Hep transmitted from casual sex or yucky dorm dining halls.

If you are going to be a conscientious, healthy parent that sees a doc, takes your kid to
Amber G.
Jun 09, 2008 Amber G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are very few books on vaccinations that give a good view on both sides of the issue. This is one of them. It tells you how to safely vaccinate and the risks associated with it. I'd recommend this one to anyone, regardless of how they feel about vaccinating.
Sep 16, 2008 Shelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good book for basic information, but should not be your only source of research. Comined with The Vaccine Book and other resources, it will help you make a well-rounded and educated decision.
Dec 23, 2007 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents, doctors, nurses, childcare professionals
A very good book, free from the hysteria and fear-mongering that often plagues books about vaccinations.
Children in the United States are the most-vaccinated children in the world. We also lead the way in cases of childhood chronic diseases, and more children are suffering from allergies and other auto-immune diseases. Many people believe that vaccines are the cause.
This book gives even-handed information about the vaccines on the 1999 CDC immunization schedule. That's why I only gave it 4 star
Magdalena Saito
Jan 19, 2014 Magdalena Saito rated it it was amazing
Shelves: natural-medicine
Very well informed! I loved that she is pro vaccination, but provides ample information that can make choosing the right vaccines as well as their timing safer. I love that she does not recommend ALL vaccines but does go through the information regarding the illnesses, vaccines, symptoms, etc. I found it wonderful that a pediatrician is making a point to advocate for better safety and more research before forcing anyone to take a vaccine.
would definitely recommend to both pro and anti vacciners
As if there wasn’t already enough to think about during pregnancy, preparing for labor, and dealing with a newborn, along comes vaccinations much sooner than you might like and expect. So, here’s a book to read to familiarize yourself with the vaccinations and get suggestions about when (or not) to give them to your child instead of simply following the CDC’s prescribed schedule. Other books that have been recommended, but that I have not read are: Vaccines: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide: How to M ...more
The first half was scary and depressing. Fortunately most vaccines now are free from mercury (this book was published in 2001), but there's other disturbing ingredients in them still. I did appreciate the author's general approach of educating parents, but there was definitely a level of alarmism that turned me off. There were practical suggestions that I plan to implement such as spreading out the MMR vaccine if I can and making sure my kids are healthy when they get their shots. She also sugge ...more
Feb 02, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book at a time when we were trying to decide for our newborn. It convinced me. Strong, solid stats throughout. Not full of emotion and opinion. Just the facts and charts.
Aug 25, 2011 Kristin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
Hm, the is probably the most balanced book I've read on the subject of vaccines - not that it was balanced. I think it is the most closely aligned with my views. Parents should be informed when entering the doctor's office, they need to ask questions, we need to remove the known toxic chemicals from vaccines to make safer alternative, and, we need to do studies to actually have accurate numbers of the effectiveness/safety of vaccines (eg people with autoimmune diseases in family history; are we ...more
Brandi Leblanc
Nov 11, 2015 Brandi Leblanc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good read. It allows parents to not be left in the dark in regards to children's vaccinations.
Apr 15, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for all parents whether they are for or against vaccinations in order to make an informed choice.
Apr 21, 2007 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is thinking about having kids, has little kids, or will receive a vacination soon.
This is a balanced book offering a careful evaluation of the current use of children's vaccines. Vaccines do serve a good use, but are they as miraculous as they claim to be? Are there adverse side effects which parents should be aware of? Do our vaccines contain mercury (a potent neurotoxin)? And most starteling, is there significant link between some vaccines and certain autoimmune disorders (such as Autism)? This is an excellent read designed as an introduction to the adverse side of vaccines ...more
Oct 08, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book only 3 stars simply because I wanted it to help me decide about the multitude of recommended vaccines and it only made it more difficult. There are too many for babies! While it did help me to learn about the diseases they are meant to prevent, I was still no closer to having decisions made. In some ways, the info is contradictory. How can I still vaccinate after knowing the risks and ingredients in these things? Yikes. So, instead, like many other parenting decisions, I am list ...more
Feb 26, 2008 Shilo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one and everyone.
Recommended to Shilo by: Dr. Amy Davis M.D. - Autism Clinic
This book is full of good information; although a little outdated. Vaccines are very controversial. It's too bad that the two sides are so conflicting. It would be much easier if everyone was forced to be honest. If there are such serious risks and possible side effects involved with vaccines, I believe we have the right to know and make our decisions based on accurate information. It is up to us if the risks are worth taking with our children as we will be the ones living with the consequences.
Kathleen Tallent
This book a fantastic resource for all parents. I think it is very important for people to be informed about what they allow to go into their bodies and the bodies of their children. Doctors typically want what is best for us and our children, however it is not within their job description to give ALL the facts. This is not a book that supports NO vaccines, so don't be weary. Dr. Cave just enlightens the public to all the details and how to make the best choice/schedule for your child.
Mar 04, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents
I definitely recommend this book for any parent. I think it's important to not just accept what you're told (ie that vaccinations are completely safe and you must get them all done) and to research it. I thought this book was a good overall, easy to read review of each vaccine's pros and cons. It's a little outdated but everything in there is still valid. I'm glad I read it, it really helped me make some decisions on which vaccinations I want to do and which I don't think I should.
Jan 07, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The author is pro-vaccine, but she raises so many issues and concerns about them, sometimes it’s hard to understand her conclusions and recommendations. For some of the vaccines, it seems as if the only reason she’s recommending them is to comply with state/school requirements. Even though she acknowledges the fact that it’s perfectly possible (and legal) to bypass those. I don’t get it.

Anyway, good book, lots of important information, warnings and cautions. Nice format too.
Jul 20, 2008 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is outdated information as it is 7 years old, but it gives a person a lot to think about. If I were pregnant or a parent, I would want to at least have considered options. Sometimes people proceed with recommendations from doctors without contemplating options or realizing there might be options to consider.
food for thought regardless of your position on vaccinations (which obviously have very strong pros, but some could have strong cons as well)
Mar 19, 2009 Meredith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
i think that you have to put this book and the dr. sears vaccine book together to get a truly comprehensive approach to vaccination. while dr. sears gives great detailed information about what is in each vaccine, he dismisses some of the issues of vaccination (SIDS, allergies, etc.) that mainstream doctors are prone to dismiss. dr. cave addresses these issues and accordingly offers a different approach to delayed and selective vaccination.
Mary Johnson
Jul 27, 2012 Mary Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The updated version of this book was completed in 2010. It offers information regarding scientific studies around each vaccine....there is actually a chapter about each vaccine, the illness it is supposed to "prevent", and possible side effects based on her knowledge as a pediatrician and published scientific studies. I thought it was overall a pretty good objective view...but should not be your only source of info:)
Jessica Bratko
Jan 22, 2013 Jessica Bratko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an excellent insight into the world of vaccines. It gave lots of information on each vaccine, the diseases, how the vaccines came about, and the symptoms of reactions that can occur. It also gave information on the laws regarding vaccines, exemptions you can get, and how you can report reactions and get compensations for vaccine-related injuries. It's definitely a topic that needs more research.
Dec 23, 2007 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents and parents-to-be
There was so much important information in this book. The author does not advocate for not vaccinating your children-- she simply discusses the issues present in modern-day vaccinations and why we should think long and hard about who should be vaccinated and why. I think she presents compelling arguments about the need for more disclosure and more research on the part of pharmaceutical companies.
Nov 15, 2008 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An informative and interesting book with insight that all parents should fill their head with.
It is important for parents, not Dr.'s, to be in charge of their children's healthcare.
I love that it provides a new, slower paced shot schedule for children. Immunize by 2 isn't always the best and safest way to go with all children. You decide what is best for your children.
Jessica Velez
Feb 05, 2009 Jessica Velez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're just beginning to do your research on vaccines then this is a good book to start off with. The author provides the pros and cons to vaccinating with an unbiased viewpoint (which needless to say is hard to find nowadays!). It's definately a must for all parents as we all should educate ourselves on this very serious topic regardless of our decision.
Mar 14, 2008 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
Certainly not the be all end all on vaccinations, but it has some helpful information. The best thing I took away from this book was not allowing our child to have more than two vaccines during each visit. I think its helpful to spread them out even if it meant going to get shots once a month (which we did for a while).
Jun 24, 2009 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another great resource to learn more about vaccinations - including details on the common ones given, research on them and also precautions parents can take. This is a good reference for any parent to make their own informed decisions on vaccines. It is written by an "expert" on pediatric vaccinations.
Very well written book detailing how vaccinations are made and what goes into them. It is slightly out-dated with the focus of the book being about the link between autism and thimerisol. Considering very few vaccines have thimerisol anymore, this book isn't my first choice in recommendations for books on vaccines.
Jul 22, 2008 Ansley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is great at giving a brief but concise description of every vaccine. It has helpful information on spacing out vaccines and the questions to ask your doctor about certain ones. The only downside is that it was written before the rotavirus vaccine and one other one that kids now get.
Aug 22, 2007 polly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents
Good book on the risks/benefits of vaccinations....written by a physician who administers vaccines, it is a balanced view that states plainly that there ARE some major risks to vaccines (that sometimes outweigh the risks from the disease itself). Important subject matter for all parents.
Apr 09, 2008 Hollie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Informative if you're into the debate about vaccinations. It was a little outdated, I need a book that was written later, but I'm glad I read it. It didn't necessarily take sides about whether or not vaccinations should be given but just offered alternative times.
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