Best Resources for Parents Researching Vaccines

by Sarah Activism, Healthy Pregnancy, Baby & Child, VaccinationComments: 43

confusionHealth conscious parents are increasingly spending a significant amount of time researching the issue of vaccines before deciding whether or not to proceed with the government recommended immunization schedule.

Gathering all the necessary data and scientific sources together can be a confusing and intimidating process, however!

As a result, I thought it would be helpful to pass along a list of references that I have found helpful in the past and can recommend as a good place to start building a foundation of knowledge regarding the vaccine controversy instead of solely relying on the vaccine brochures distributed by health departments and doctors’ offices or the word of mouth opinion making the rounds in your community.

It is extremely important to read both sides of this complex and controversial subject which requires well researched, objective and legitimately sourced information.

Here are six resources worth the read if you are earnestly seeking answers far and beyond the media propaganda about vaccines that is incessantly trumpeted to keep the minions under control and dependently in line with conventional thought.

When I was first handed one of these books below when I was pregnant with my first child almost 16 years ago, I’ll admit that I initially felt threatened by the information it contained. Then I realized that if my position was truly accurate and without flaw, then reading the book wouldn’t change my mind – it would actually strengthen my conviction and belief because I would be more well informed.

Education leads to informed conviction and informed conviction leads to the appropriate and best action for you and your family. If you would like to read more about the immunization issue, there are numerous articles on this site for you to peruse by clicking here.

Helpful Vaccination Reference Sources

Vaccine Safety Manual is a comprehensive information source for families and health practitioners concerned about vaccines. Referenced with scientific studies, charts, graphs, illustrations.



Vaccines: The Risks, the Benefits, the Choices is written by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny D.O. A comprehensive overview of very real vaccination risks, the potential benefits to immunization and various options parents can choose based on their individual situation.



Written by National Vaccine Information Center President, Barbara Loe Fisher, A Shot in the Dark traces the development of the DPT vaccine, describes its risks, and lists warning signs that a child may be sensitive to it. This is the book that a friend recommended to me back in 1997 to educate myself about the vaccine issue.



Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives by Aviva Jill Romm. Discusses how to weigh vaccine benefits and risks and make informed vaccine choices, including examining alternatives to vaccination.



What About Immunizations?  Exposing the Vaccine Philosophy: First published in 1986, the newest edition of this 305 page, well sourced book includes 21 answers to the most popular questions about vaccination along with a quiz you can take which will help you discover your personal wellness philosophy which is invaluable in helping you forge the decision path that is right for you and your family.

Numerous and sometimes even pages of scientific references are included at the conclusion of each chapter to back up every assertion that is made.

Vaccine Free is a book with over 100 stories of unvaccinated children. Choosing not to vaccinate is not what is portrayed by the media. Stories have the ability to cut through propaganda very effectively. A very powerful book that will, if nothing else, change your mind about people who choose not to vaccinate.



Decided not to vaccinate?  Click here for what to do to get your child into school, public or private, and still opt out of shots. Opt out information is provided for the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Guam.


Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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