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As a physician trained in both standard and holistic
medicine–and as a parent herself–Lauren Feder, M.D.,
presents the facts about vaccinations.

If you have chosen to
vaccinate your children, she offers both practical medical and natural
remedies to avoid possible side effects.

If you have chosen not
to vaccinate your children, she offers natural medicines to strengthen
your child’s immune system, along with tips on how to deal with
legal exemptions, school requirements, and medical insurances.


If you’re just not sure what to do, she offers a balanced and
easy-to-understand discussion of the issues, explaining the truth about
the effectiveness of vaccinations, side effects, and much more.


With information on the latest available vaccinations for teens
(including the meningococcal and HPV vaccinations), as well as new
schedules for childhood vaccinations, The Parents’ Concise
Guide to Childhood Vaccinations
is a comprehensive and reassuring
guide to help you make the right decision for your child.

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Reviews for The Parents' Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations: From Newborns to Teens, Practical Medical and Natural Ways to Protect Your Child:

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January 6, 2012

Lots of "Information", very little Proof
The author has a very clear concise writing style that I appreciated, but she presented a lot of knowledgeable opinions as facts, without ever providing documentation of these "facts". She has no references anywhere in the book... she has apparently consulted no sources worth citing during the course her research. She will mention "a study that was conducted in (XX place) concluded (XXXXXX)", but never mentions where the study was published or how one might find this study on their own. (I could "conduct a study" of 2,000 people on Facebook , but that doesn't make it a valid finding.) She claims that several diseases were declining before the introduction of their respective vaccines, but offers no documentation for these "facts".

She gives lots of lists of side effects for certain medications, but no documented hard numbers about how many children have actually experienced these negative results. If a vaccine is tested on 5 million children and the top "side effect" is present in 10 of those kids, that's important information when considering the risk/benefit ratio. Instead, she lists myriad effects of each vaccine, which is definitely "information" but not exactly the whole truth.

As an example of this type of data-spewing, the side effects for Aspirin include:

Serious bleeding (especially gastrointestinal bleeding), gastrointestinal irritation, gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, esophagitis, anti-platelet effects, tinnitus, ototoxicity, bruising and bleeding, dyspepsia, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain, reduced excretion of uric acid and hyperuricemia, dizziness, anaphylaxis, angioedema, and bronchospasm, thrombocytopenia, agranulocytosis, and aplastic anemia, pancytopenia, nephrotoxicity, and nasal polyps. Also, can increase the risk of Reye's Syndrome in children under 18.

But so what? This is just a list. What does it MEAN? Is the fact that these things happened to someone, somewhere, enough to make you stop taking Aspirin, no questions asked? Probably not. Maybe it would make you do a little more research before you make your decision, like how many people take Aspirin on a daily basis and how many are affected by these problems. And once you have the hard numbers in front of you, you'll probably discover that the side effects occur in such a minute percentage of the population that it's worth the minor risk.

My other concern is that the author claims to be impartial but she never ACTUALLY recommends a vaccine. Even the ones that she admits are critical for childhood health where the benefits FAR outweigh the risks, she never actually comes out and recommends that parents get it done. On the other hand, she blatantly names several vaccines that "are not recommended". And some of these "not recommended" vaccines are for reasons as minor as pain at the injection site. Ear piercings have pain at the injection site too. So do wasp stings. As a matter of fact, anything that pierces your skin is likely to cause pain, so no big surprise there, and certainly not groundbreaking medical knowledge.

She also still clings to the idea that Autism is linked to the MMR vaccine, although it was scientifically debunked years ago, well before the publication of this book. She says anecdotal evidence suggests that the two are connected. Well, anecdotal evidence also suggests that my grandmother can predict a tornado by whether or not her ears itch, but that doesn't make it a scientific fact. Lots of things happen to people, but correlation is not the same thing as causation. Just because two things happen at the same time does not mean one thing causes the other.

The real question is this: Would you rather have your child afflicted with asthma (a side effect) or polio (an ACTUAL disease)? There's your answer.
3

April 11, 2008

good information supplement
This book was great for me; it gave me information that I didn't find in other places. However, I can not say that it is impartial; it tries to correct for the widespread misinformation. It might be a good introduction to the material for some but definitely not for all, because of its bias. It can definitely help you choose what is best for your child as an individual, but it can not serve as your only source in making that choice (unless you are sold on not vaccinating at all). It simply doesn't have enough details about the actual ingredients to weigh the risks with the benefits; the author seems to conclude that none of the vaccines are worth the risks. As someone who has chosen to selectively vaccinate my children, I did find the book helpful. The first source I use is Dr. Sears' The Vaccine Book because it has factual information about the ingredients. This book is the second source I use for a little more information on the issue. I don't think this book really lives up to its subtitle "practical medical and natural ways to protect your child." Also, I agree with some other criticisms about her use of language. From an editorial standpoint, this book is not a final copy. It is only a revision or two away, but it is not properly polished. Quite a shame. I am still grateful I have this source.
3

April 5, 2013

Informative, however, some misleading information
The book was overall informative, but I definitely wouldn't say it was wholly unbiased.
Couple of issues I had with the book:

Citing Wakefield, whose data was found to be falsified in regards to vaccines causing autism is irresponsible and not confidence-inspiring for the rest of the book's information. I did not check to compare the book's publication date with the date of the truth being revealed (Wakefield was found guilty by the General Medical Council of serious professional misconduct in May 2010) but it leaves doubt to the rest of the claims.

Citing information that the old formulation of DTP caused problems that the new formulation (DTaP) doesn't have seems to try and discredit the vaccination, or confuse the reader. Yes, it's fair to mention that vaccines have been linked to problems in the past but not done in a way to attempt to confuse readers with the current vaccination. I think this type of information should be presented in a different section, rather than in a current vaccine section.

I cannot stand when I read articles or books stating that it's safest to split up the MMR shot yet nobody ever tells you *how* to go about doing this!!
5

December 6, 2009

Absolutely the best on vaccinations
The Parents' Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations: From Newborns to Teens, Practical Medical and Natural Ways to Protect Your Child

I read 4 or 5 books on vaccinations when trying to decide whether or not to continue vaccinating my son, now 5. Most books are obviously slanted one way or the other, it is rare to find a book that is neutral. This is as close as you can get. If you decide to vaccinate she has practical suggestions on what to do to minimize potential problems. If you decide not to vaccinate she has suggestions on alternatives and methods to handle the potential problems. Since I lean toward homeopathic solutions I really appreciated her recommendations in that area.

My son started having problems around 18 months old. A very intuitive child care person suggested I seek help. Based on her advise I did. I discovered my boy had sensory processing disorder. Later he was also diagnosed with ADHD. I don't know if his vaccinations contributed to his problems, but I suspected it was possible. I think deep inside, I wanted to stop vaccinations but every anti vaccine book seemed to be based on nonsense instead of science and evidence. I just didn't feel I would be making a wise choice to follow along with some iffy fringe thinking. However this book has statistics and sound arguments for both sides. I feel I can make up my mind based on scientific information and sound evidence. No kidding tho this book has all the information put together in a easily readable little book. She cites studies from trusted sources.

We ended up deciding to discontinue vaccinations for now. We may still do limited vaccines in the future but we will take her advise on how to prepare ahead of time and how to help my son after any vaccinations. I will also be more attentive to any after effects. In the beginning I trusted doctors to know what they were doing and I trusted pharmaceuticals to do their job right, boy was I naive. Get the book. Do your homework. Make a decision instead of trusting medical personnel decide for you.
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May 27, 2011

Crank and science denier tells you how to kill children
If you'd like your child to die, if you'd like to endanger the health and life of others around your child, and if you'd like to know what kinds of cranks and swindlers to take your sick child to instead of to a medical doctor, this is the book for you.
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October 6, 2008

Must have for parents
It's so important for parents to be educated about vaccinations. Unfortnately it's up to us to do our own research - even the best pediatricians aren't always up to date on the latest vaccination research. The more you read and research, the more you realize how important it is to do so and not just blindly follow the recommended schedule - there are so many small things you can do when vaccinating to make sure your kids are safe that I would never have known w/o my research. This book is an easy to read guide that takes you thru each vaccination, the pros & cons and really helps to educate parents. It does lean a bit towards the anti-vaccination opinion however it's still incredibly edcational. I've ordered a number of books and videos so that I can get all sides and would recommend that other parents do the same. I would highly recommend this book!
3

January 30, 2017

Good. Could be organized a bit better & title should be homepathic alternatives to vaccines
I read this book on the heels of reading The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears.

This book is a bit too loosey-goosey and doesn't quite follow a clear roadmap to clue us in on the Information that's going to be presented. Vaccines seemed to take a back seat in this book, while Information, details, and dosage for homepathic was instructive. This book scratches the surface about vaccines, but should not be your only resource for vaccine research. It is simply not enough.

In contrast, the other book was very vaccind detailed and included formatting that made it easy to read and follow.
Had I not had the background from reading the earlier book, I would have been lost and confused about the terminology, references to outdated drugs, random name dropping of viruses that have been found in animal additives in the vaccines, etc that this book uses.

For example, this book suggests an alternative vaccine schedule. Well...What's that alternative schedule look like exactly? Is it less vaccines? If so, which ones? Why? Or is it starting later? Explain the difference/risks between home care and child center care infants as well as breastfed versus formula fed infants, and while we're at it, discuss frequent travelers v. Non-travelers. Those differences in family lifestyle can go a log way to inform us to make healthy decisions for our families.

To simply suggest that we then suggest to our doctors an alternative vaccine schedule, without knowing more, is an approach that would likely not go over well with a pediatrician and sadly lead to confusion and angst In a time when a doctor's attention is so hard to get.

I appreciated the homeopathic suggestions and dosages. But I know that I will need to find another book by a different doctor to give me details.
5

July 3, 2013

Great, Short book
This book is awesome if you need to educate yourself on vaccinating your child. She is a respected doctor (a friend of mine takes her children to her as their primary care physician). The book is easy to go through (quickly) to make informed decisions on all vaccinations. Organized really well.
4

May 21, 2015

great resource easy to understand
This books gives a complete kverview of the vaccines topics analyzing the different point of views. Great resource? i recommend it
4

August 14, 2014

Four Stars
Great info here, just disagree with a lot of nutritional info. Other than that, we loved it.
5

May 30, 2015

Thank you Dr Feder!
Pharmaceuticals companies should not decide what vaccines our children get, parents and doctors should decide together. SB 277 is a bad bill! It mandates all vaccines (and allows them to add vaccines in the future including the very dangerous Gardisil. They are making almost 300 additional vaccines) or children will not be allowed to attend school, (public or private). And vaccine manufacturers are immune to being sued for vaccine injuries. The US vaccine court has paid out over 3-9 billion dollars to families of vaccine injured/killed babies and children. Please contact Gov. Brown and ask him to veto this bill if it comes to his desk. Protect our rights to delay vaccines, spread them out and get them individually or exclude one or more altogether.
I am buying copies of this book for all of my pregnant friends, everyone should know these facts before we lose our rights!
5

January 13, 2015

Five Stars
5 stars
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August 18, 2014

Great resource!
She has a section on all the vaccines so it is very easy to find helpful information when making a decision about what vaccines you want to do and when. Highly recommend this book!
5

January 25, 2014

Excellent book
Excellent Book! Great information! I will be looking at purchasing more by this author. She definitely did her research on this subject and explains it in detail.
5

January 9, 2014

Childhood Vaccinations by Lauren Feder
This book was just what I was looking for. I wanted a book on this topic that would fairly present both pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine views. Most places you look for info on vaccines all the supposed 'facts' tend to be extremest views either one way or the other. Dr. Feder's book was very helpful for my wife and I and I would definitely recommend it to any other new parents or parents to be. The sooner you begin to study about these choices you make for your child(ren) the better!
5

Jul 24, 2017

wow. what insight and information! explained simply and clearly in a short book. Thank I came across this!
3

Oct 13, 2008

The book was overall informative, but I definitely wouldn't say it was wholly unbiased.
Couple of issues I had with the book:
Citing Wakefield, whose data was found to be falsified in regards to vaccines causing autism is irresponsible and not confidence-inspiring for the rest of the book's information. I did not check to compare the book's publication date with the date of the truth being revealed (Wakefield was found guilty by the General Medical Council of serious professional misconduct in May The book was overall informative, but I definitely wouldn't say it was wholly unbiased.
Couple of issues I had with the book:
Citing Wakefield, whose data was found to be falsified in regards to vaccines causing autism is irresponsible and not confidence-inspiring for the rest of the book's information. I did not check to compare the book's publication date with the date of the truth being revealed (Wakefield was found guilty by the General Medical Council of serious professional misconduct in May 2010) but it leaves doubt to the rest of the claims.

Citing information that the old formulation of DTP caused problems that the new formulation (DTaP) doesn't have seems to try and discredit the vaccination, or confuse the reader. Yes, it's fair to mention that vaccines have been linked to problems in the past but not done in a way to attempt to confuse readers with the current vaccination. I think this type of information should be presented in a different section, rather than in a current vaccine section.

I cannot stand when I read articles or books stating that it's safest to split up the MMR shot yet nobody ever tells you how to go about doing this!!

I agree that the author wasn't entirely impartial. However, I was convinced to give my child the HIB shot after reading this book (DS#1 did not get that vax); she maybe didn't come straight out and say get this vaccination, but she did say that many patients in her practice do opt to get it. ...more
1

Mar 24, 2015

I read this book in the hopes of learning more about the other side of the vaccination debate, given the recent outbreak of measles. The author is a doctor, so I assumed she would provide thorough scientific explanations and at the very minimum answer the questions listed on the back of the book's cover (example: "do vaccines really cause autism?"). She fails to do so - much of the writing is fluff.
4

Mar 04, 2008

Dr. Feder offers fair descriptions of common childhood vaccines. This book includes information about the diseases, treatments, vaccine options, arguments for and against each vaccine, and side effects of each vaccine. This book was just what I was looking for - an informative collection of vaccine facts, without bias, so we could make our own decisions.
5

Aug 23, 2010

Lauren Feder is a physician trained in both standard and holistic medicine. She gives both pro and anti-vaccination viewpoints. She also discusses the role of Government, Pharmaceutical Companies and Insurance. She offers an easy to understand discussion on the pros and anti vaccinations, side effects and possible remedies. A must for all parents.
3

Jan 21, 2009

A great introduction to the issue of childhood vaccinations. The author is a holistic pediatrician who chose not to vaccinate her children. It's a quick read with concrete recommendations for parents on either side of the question. However, the title says it all; it is, indeed, a concise guide. Reading it is like tipping your toe in the topic. I found it to be a great starting point.
3

Oct 06, 2009

It felt like a balanced view that just presented the facts, but I could be biased. It was informative and helpful. I feel like we'll be able to make wise decisions about vaccinating as we interact with JJ's pediatrician.
5

Jul 24, 2016

This book was very informative and non-biased about giving parents the facts on common childhood diseases and vaccinations. It was very helpful about helping my husband and I decide what route to take for childhood vaccinations for our twin girls.
2

Aug 05, 2008

This little tract is skinny so a lot of things needed to be left out, light real discussion and citations. If you are certain that you don't want any vaccinations for your child, read this one and stop. Otherwise make it a part of your reasearch, call it a bookend.
3

Feb 01, 2011

useful. somewhat non-biased presentation of pros & cons of vaccines by a homeopathic pediatrician. Good charts on the risks and benefits for each vaccine and the risks with the associated disease/condition

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