June 30, 2008

New Book Addresses Questions about Vaccine Safety

Do vaccines cause autism, asthma, or diabetes? Can giving vaccines to infants “overwhelm the immune system”? Are vaccines really necessary? A new book by the National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) addresses those questions head on.

Do Vaccines Cause That?! A Guide for Evaluating Vaccine Safety Concerns by Martin G. Myers, MD, FIDSA, and Diego Pineda, is divided into two sections: The first section tells readers how best to weigh and evaluate what they read or hear about vaccine safety, emphasizing how scientists determine causality. The second section deals with specific vaccine safety concerns, such as autism, autoimmune diseases, and others.

“The authors of this volume have recognized the absolute need to provide parents with clearly understandable, science-based information about vaccines, immunization, and vaccine safety,” write Samuel Katz, MD, FIDSA, of Duke University and Louis Sullivan, MD, of Morehouse School of Medicine in the Foreword to the book. “One hopes—anticipates—that besides a broad lay audience, health care personnel at every level will take advantage of this book to augment their own perspectives so they can discuss vaccines more comfortably and convincingly with the families for whom they are responsible.”

The book is available at Amazon.com or via the NNii website at www.immunizationinfo.org. IDSA is a founding affiliate of NNii.

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