Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All

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Basic Books, 2011 - History - 289 pages
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In 2014, California suffered the largest and deadliest outbreak of pertussis, also known as “whooping cough,” in more than fifty years. This tragedy was avoidable. An effective vaccine has been available since the 1940s. In recent years other diseases, like measles and mumps, have also made a comeback. The reason for these epidemics can be traced to a group whose vocal proponents insist, despite evidence to the contrary, that vaccines are poison. As a consequence, parents and caretakers are rejecting vaccines for themselves and their families.

In Deadly Choices, infectious-disease expert Paul Offit takes a look behind the curtain of the anti-vaccine movement. What he finds is a reminder of the power of scientific knowledge, and the harm we risk if we ignore it.
 

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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

It continues to perplex and terrify me that there are people who live among us who don't vaccinate their children due to lies, misinformation and woeful, horrible ignorance. To these kinds of people I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Todd Martin - Goodreads

Vaccines have proven to be one of the most successful public health measures ever undertaken. They have virtually eliminated terrible diseases such as polio and small pox and have prevented untold ... Read full review

Contents

This England
13
Roulette Redux
45
Justice
85
Past Is Prologue
105
Tragedy of the Commons
127
The Mean Season
149
Dr Bob
171
Trust
191
EPILOGUE
207
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
255
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Paul A. Offit, MD is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Offit is a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation—to which he is donating the royalties from this book—and the author of five books including Autism’s False Prophets and Vaccinated. He lives in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

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