Deciding whether or when to vaccinate is one of the most important–and stressful—health-care decisions you have to make. Like many parents you are probably confused and concerned about vaccine safety, whether, when, and how to give vaccines, and don’t know what information to rely on for answers. I wrote this book to help answer all of these questions. As a mom of 4, I too, struggled with these issues for my own kids, and as a midwife,with my clients as they sorted through the mess of information trying to do what’s best. I sift through the spate of research on vaccine safety and efficacy and offer a sensible, balanced discussion of the pros and cons of each routine childhood vaccination. I present the full spectrum of options available to parents: full vaccination on a standardized or individualized schedule, selective vaccination, or no vaccinations at all. Negotiating daycare and school requirements, dealing with other parents, and traveling with an unvaccinated child are covered in detail. The book also suggests ways to strengthen children’s immune systems and maintain optimal health and offers herbal remedies for childhood ailments. Emphasizing that no single approach is appropriate for every child, I help guide parents through the data and the decision-making process.

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The best book I’ve seen on the subject. Its commonsense, nonhysterical approach assures legitimate informed consent.

— Peggy O’Mara, publisher of Mothering magazine

This must-read book is a valuable resource for all parents.

— Mary Bove, N.D., author of The Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants

Aviva Jill Romm brings a high level of intelligence and insight to the debate on public policies regarding vaccination. Level-headed and thoroughly researched, yet eminently readable, her book leaves no stones unturned and refuses to shy away from challenging the status quo. It should be read by every parent who is considering vaccination for their child; and I daresay that it should also be mandatory reading for every health professional in the position of recommending (or discouraging) the use of vaccines.

— Robert Rountree, M.D., coauthor of Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child

Aviva Romm has written a book of aid and comfort for agonized parents, who must make intelligent life decisions for their kids while lacking reliable information about how vaccines act.

— Richard Moskowitz, M.D., publisher of Mothering magazine

Aviva Romm has written a well researched book that will educate and empower parents.

— Lawrence B. Palevsky, M.D., Holistic and Integrative Pediatrician

Now especially…Romm’s wise and well-written book is a breath of fresh air.

— MS, Napra ReView, January/February 2002

Romm takes a holistic approach to disease prevention yet provides balanced information on all aspects of the vaccination controversy. Overall, the book uses a commonsense approach that allows the reader to weigh the available options.

— Living Without, Summer 2002

I have your vaccination book and love it. I so appreciate you writing on vaccines especially being it’s such a controversial topic! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

— Melanie T.