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

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Basic Books, Dec 28, 2010 - Science - 288 pages
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There's a silent, dangerous war going on out there. On one side are parents, bombarded with stories about the dangers of vaccines, now wary of immunizing their sons and daughters. On the other side are doctors, scared to send kids out of their offices vulnerable to illnesses like whooping cough and measles--the diseases of their grandparents.

How did anyone come to view vaccines with horror? The answer is rooted in one of the most powerful citizen activist movements in our nation's history. In Deadly Choices, infectious disease expert Paul Offit relates the shocking story of anti-vaccine America--its origins, leaders, influences, and impact. Offering strategies to keep us from returning to an era when children routinely died from infections, Deadly Choices is a vigorous and definitive rebuttal of the powerful anti-vaccine movement.

 

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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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Offit's conflicts of interest are well known. The lie that the 2014 whooping cough outbreak in California was caused by vaccine resistors is a lie - it's a well-documented fact that the current vaccine can produce "silent carriers" and the statistics showing the highest rate of pertussis infection correlating with the highest vaccine rates are no accident.
This is a book of lies and is suitable for burning.
 

Contents

CHAPTER 1 The Birth of Fear
1
CHAPTER 2 This England
13
CHAPTER 3 A Crude Brew
25
CHAPTER 4 Roulette Redux
45
CHAPTER 5 Make the Angels Weep
57
CHAPTER 6 Justice
85
CHAPTER 7 Past Is Prologue
105
CHAPTER 8 Tragedy of the Commons
127
CHAPTER 10 Dr Bob
171
CHAPTER 11 Trust
191
EPILOGUE
207
NOTES
215
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
255
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
257
INDEX
259
Copyright

CHAPTER 9 The Mean Season
149

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About the author (2010)

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. Offit is a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation.

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