Calling the Shots: Childhood Vaccination – One Family's Journey

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Aug 15, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 240 pages
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Mary Alexander's daughter Florence was a healthy two-year-old until 36 hours after her Meningitis C vaccination, when she suffered the first of many terrifying convulsions. Here, mixing personal experience with factual research, Alexander examines the status quo of vaccination and highlights some of the questions she believes should be at the forefront of parents' minds: how can trust in vaccination be restored?; are parents' expectations of success too high in this medically advanced world?; are all vaccinations necessary? This book aims to provide parents with the knowledge and curiosity needed to make an informed, confident decision about vaccination.
 

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Contents

Glossary of Terms
9
Introduction
11
1 The Question Mark over Vaccination
13
A Rude Awakening
25
3 The History of Vaccination
47
The Damage Done
71
5 Do We Really Need All These Vaccinations?
93
Strains Planes and Ambulance Rides
107
7 Andrew Wakefield and the MMR
131
Recovery Position
141
The Pressure to Vaccinate
153
10 Taking Back Responsibility for My Childrens Health
167
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Mary Alexander has two children; Jacob aged six and Florence, now aged four.

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