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National polls show that Americans are increasingly concerned about vaccine safety and the right to make individual, informed choices together with their healthcare practitioners. Vaccine Epidemic focuses on the searing debate surrounding individual and parental vaccination choice in the United States. Featuring more than twenty experts from the fields of ethics, law, scie ...more
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Published February 28th 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published February 9th 2011)
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Dr. Appu Sasidharan
(Regular Review) This is one of the worst books I ever read dealing with the topic of vaccination. Nobody can blame you if you feel like the belligerent, charlatan writing style seems like a callow pursuit to beset Medicine. Just look at the way the authors are lambasting the whole concept of vaccination.

"Is there a common factor contributing to the epidemic of illness among children today? What touches almost all children today and likely contributes to the plethora of chronic diseases are 7
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Jim
Jul 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Another idiotic anti-vax book recommended to me by Amazon. This article, by a real doctor, pretty well sums this up.
http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/201...

Here's a good excerpt:
"...Personally, though, I love how Habakus and Holland assert:

Vaccine Epidemic is pro-human rights, pro-science, and pro-justice for those injured by vaccination. The book is not anti-vaccine; it upholds the right to choose and affirms the international human rights standard of free and informed consent to all medical i
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Louise Habakus
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for reading my book. I had to privilege to be a co-editor, and to work closely with 30 extraordinary contributing authors.

This is the book I wish I had started to read in high school, as I was beginning to push the boundaries of who I was and what I believed to be true.

Whenever vaccines were offered to me--during annual physicals, while studying political science in Paris, at employer-sponsored clinics--I said yes.

Whenever vaccines were offered to my children, I said yes.

With bite-si
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Richard
May 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a good read and an even greater reference book. It goes into both sides of the argument and it becomes very apparent very quickly that the anti-vaccine group have documented evidence and science and the pro-vaccine people base their arguments on fear and ignorance.

Don't read this book and the consequences of vaccinating are the exclusive responsibility of you and yours.

You will always have the option of vaccinating but never have the same option to UN-vaccinate.

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Tena
May 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011, non-fiction
I gave this book a good shot. I renewed it from the library as many times as I could, but I could not get through it. The "science" they cited was rarely actually given references, but more frequently was just a blanket statement followed by a sentence that would be cited for something else entirely. I found the argument that vaccinations should be optional from a human rights perspective interesting, but the lack of scientific support in spite of their claims that they had studies supporting th ...more
Sarah
a very very good book. way too much info for just a a sit down and read book. definitely one to read in topics that interest you. so I mostly just stayed with chapters dealing with parents and vaccines. I think everyone should be aware of the real vaccine debate going on and this book explains it well.
Michael Jones
This book was very fine.
Now that I understand the issues, it strikes me that some of the very same politically aligned people have a contradiction at this point. I hear all the time about “a woman’s right to choose” what happens to her body as a justification for murder of babies used by Planned Parenthood. At the same time, we are saying that people should not have the right to choose what goes into their bodies with respect to vaccines. We say that the government should be able to force peopl
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Ron Wroblewski
Finally finished this book after several years of reading it. It consists of a number of authors writing on the various aspects of vaccines - the history of, legal and governmental, multiplicity of vaccines and when they are given. I highlighted so many parts of this book and plan to add many of those highlights to this review. It has strengthened my view that there are too many vaccines given at too young an age, in too many multiple doses. And I truly believe that because of this vaccines caus ...more
Kathleen Molyneaux
Feb 26, 2011 rated it liked it
It would be nice if good reads had a "gave up" button to indicate status. I wanted to read this because I believe it is important to look at every side of an issue. I'm disappointed in myself for not being able to persevere. There were just too many authors and the writing was very inconsistent from chapter to chapter. I got derailed on the chapter that claimed that vaccination choice was mandated by the bible.... I put the book down and the library fines started to accumulate. I gave up and ret ...more
Lisa Smith
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone who thinks the vaccine question has been answered. Today the Supreme Court ruled that vaccine makers have no liability for even defective/contaminated products. What other product can you name where the manufacturer has zero liability? and what incentive is there to make a safer product?
보미
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
*Warning; an anti-vaxxer's scathing diatribe incoming*

A book every American needs to read, especially with an open mind. The vaccine debate is one of the, if not the most, controversial and contentious topic in the United States (and the world because of its pernicious implications). The average American blindly believes vaccines are safe--but how can they not? They have been brainwashed and indoctrinated with this kind of information since a young age by the government and Big Pharma; also, the
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Maria Ryan
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vaccine Reference Guide

This compilation of relatively current vaccine information is another good place to get authenticated information. However, it is somewhat of a patchwork quilt of many pieces that make up what we know about vaccine history, policy, and science. This book could be overwhelming to a newcomer. Yet, I would choose this book over reading a hodgepodge of articles from various internet sources. This is meant to be a general guide and overview. More specific information would need
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Greg
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I research a topic, I like to hear from both sides and then use my brain to make up my own mind. I’m glad I read this book. Instead of repeating what many of the main stream media, who are dependent on pharmaceutical money for advertising say, this book offers information worth checking out as you make up your own mind instead of just listening to Jim, who himself didn’t even read the book, but got on the Internet and saw that someone else thought the book was full of lies, and so he decide ...more
Elaine
Dec 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: public-health, thesis
A persuasive, well-written, and diversely authored set of accounts. If only scientists/health professionals/the vast majority of parents could write this well about the TRUTH instead of paranoid delusions.
Avi Roy
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book is terrible. The author uses 'bad science' and quackery to make the point that vaccines are harmful. This is highly irresponsible, and should be criminally punishable behavior. Not receiving vaccines doesn't just hurt you and your loved ones but also your entire local community. ...more
Heather
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read! Everyone should read this book, not just parents.
Emily K
Aug 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no
Nope.
Jay
Dec 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Horrible collection of pseudo-science that is going to cause more harm during this age of misinformation and “my-feelings-are-as-valid-as-the-experts’-facts” mindset. The same people who believe in “vaccine choice” are the same people who won’t wear a mask to save other people during a deadly airborne pandemic because they think doing so infringes on their own rights.

I wonder if the people who praise this book will take a COVID vaccine now that they’ve experienced a pandemic in which so many pe
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Scott
Feb 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
The stated purpose of the book is to make the case for vaccine choice, which is accomplished through three main styles:
1) raising doubts of the safety and efficacy of vaccines,
2)appeals for activism and more research,
3) and anecdotal experiences.

I was not swayed by most of the first kind of argument, mostly because scientific clams were general, broad in scope and without cited research. In fact, often the case was made from a position of no information, claiming both sides of the arguments
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Simon Gibson
Oct 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio-book
Anti vaccine book wrapped in the lie of a balanced debate. A one sided viewpoint. Shameful.
Gator
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For those wondering about vaccinating their children: WARNING starting here will the beginning of the end , powerful and factual. This was my 1st one because I'm a new dad who has not vaccinated his daughter and the other two I read only backed this one and one was even a semi pro vaccine book by dr bob sears called the vaccine book the other was dissolving illusions. All three books have given me the knowledge and know how to no longer have an unvaccinated child ...more
Ietrio
Apr 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk
This book can be used as proof of how broken the education system is and especially the way diplomas are handled and distributed. Individuals who reach rudimentary levels of understanding in a certain field are free to practice and educate others. The knowledge is less important than rote reproduction. And rote reproduction is most of the time offset by simply wasting time and giving money to the diploma factories.
Diona Dehaven mower
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful. Full of great information. Every parent and parent to be should read this book!
Alicia
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If people read ONE book about vaccines, this is the one I would recommend. Diverse topics, well referenced, solid book. Loved it. Spent an extra few days going through the sources for more info.
Sarah Wilson
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
In a culture that is all about believing people’s stories and uprooting past cultural biases and finding truth, this book and others in similar veins continue to be ridiculed. And the reason why is it will wreck the American public when these books are read. When science is believed without research into truth it becomes the worst sort of religion. That is what we have with the vaccine science today. This book broke my heart as I read and then researched to check the validity of their research. ...more
Morgan Deane
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal-growth
Very informative. It’s scary to think about and come to understand how vaccines work and how no one REALLY knows the effects of them because the government won’t run true trials and tests. And yet vaccination is required of all children to enter day care and schools. There are some exceptions, but they’re hard to come by and not many people know they exist. It’s really unbelievable and incredible!

Though this wasn’t a fun read, I would recommend to anyone who is interested in learning more about
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Amber
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This should be required reading for all pediatricians. I highly urge parents to read books like this one to fully understand the risk verses benefit of vaccinating. The formatting of the book was challenging to read with so many contributors, but the wealth of information made it worth it. The bottom line is that we have no idea of the long term consequences of vaccines. We have no idea if they are safe and there is little proof of efficacy.
Emilio Hernandez
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Need to read the counter-book to this view, but agree with the purpose of this reference. Heart-breaking to know that the U.S has engaged in such horrible experiments for the sake of scientific discovery. Better regulation, and compensation needs to be advanced for the welfare of all people globally as it pertains to vaccinations.
Lori Saporito
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book lays out a very clear path to understanding the possibility of vaccine damage. Dr. Wakefield's experience with The Lancet is explained in detail, along with other political reasons to help the reader understand the backstory to vaccine use. ...more
Ingrid Koch
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone with children ...
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