New Book Helps Parents Weigh the Evidence
Diana Olson - (703) 299-0201
June 11, 2008
Almost 70% of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children do so because they believe vaccines may cause harm. Indeed vaccines have been blamed for causing asthma, autism, diabetes, and many other conditions—most of which have causes that are incompletely understood. Some parents believe that vaccines can “overwhelm the immune system.
To respond to these concerns about vaccine safety, the National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) writing team of Martin G. Myers, MD, and Diego Pineda have written a book titled, Do Vaccines Cause That?! A Guide for Evaluating Vaccine Safety Concerns.
“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, of Duke University and Louis Sullivan, MD, of Morehouse School of Medicine, in the Foreword to the book.
This 272-page book is divided in two sections. The first section tells parents how best to weigh and evaluate what they read or hear about vaccine safety, emphasizing how scientists determine whether a vaccine actually causes a specific effect. The second section deals specifically with vaccine safety concerns such as asthma, autism, and autoimmune diseases, among others. The overall theme is to help parents arrive at conclusions based on science.
Dr. Myers is an internationally recognized vaccine expert and former director of the National Vaccine Program Office. He is presently a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). Mr. Pineda has been NNii’s science writer since 2004.
Do Vaccines Cause That?! is available for $14.95 at Amazon.com and DoVaccinesCauseThat.com, where the electronic version is also available for just $12.95.
Do Vaccines Cause That?! A Guide for Evaluating Vaccine Safety Concerns by Martin G. Myers, M.D., and Diego Pineda, M.S. Original edition. 5.5 x 8.5, 272 pages, 12 illustrations. ISBN 978-0-9769027-1-3. $14.95. See our pressroom room for a 300 dpi TIF of the cover. www.dovaccinescausethat.com/pressroom
The National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) provides up-to-date, science based information about immunizations to health professionals, the public, policymakers, and the media. NNii is based at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and is affiliated with the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Society for Adolescent Medicine and the American Medical Association.