If you want a solid grasp of the worries, fears, misunderstandings, and ideology that have inspired a small minority of people to vocally oppose vaccination for more than 100 years, Offit’s is the book to read… Health Affairs

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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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Reviews of Deadly Choices

He widens his lens beyond autism to survey the whole of the anti-vaccine movement, putting it in historical and legal context - and significantly upping the ante...

- Chris Mooney , New Scientist

A smart, hard-hitting exposé of vaccine pseudoscience...

- Phactum

Points out the often serious and sometimes deadly consequences of not vaccinating your child...

- Jay Pasachoff , Nature

Offit vigorously tackles claims that childhood inoculations cause autism, diabetes and cancer. He  dismantles the reasoning of the anti-vaccine lobby and warns of the risks of the re-emergence of deadly childhood diseases...

- Nature

This is a well written, meticulously documented book that calls out the misguided and dangerous activists who are attempting to hijack an important part of our public health system...

- Tucson Citizen

In a meticulously researched tour de force, Offit exposes the lack of science underlying the claims of the anti-vaccine movement...

- Nathan Seppa , Science News

Offit--who drew antivaccinist fire for Autism's False Prophets--presents a smart, hard-hitting exposé of vaccine pseudoscience...

- Publishers Weekly

Philadelphia's own physician-scientist, chief of the division of infectious disease at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, writes a convincing exposé of the anti-vaccine movement...

- Rachel K. Sobel , Philadelphia Inquirer

If you want a solid grasp of the worries, fears, misunderstandings, and ideology that have inspired a small minority of people to vocally oppose vaccination for more than 100 years, Offit’s is the book to read...

- Arthur Caplan , Health Affairs

This book’s appeal reaches far beyond microbial vaccinology...

- Ulrich Desselberger , Microbiol Today

Offit also presents the real danger that fears of imaginary perils can cause — including death — from diseases prevented by vaccination...

- Mark Lardas , Galveston Daily News

In Deadly Choices, he powerfully lays out the history of vaccinations and their net benefit to society today...

- Andrew Jack , Financial Times

In his eloquent and bracing book, Paul Offit, an expert on child immunization, traces the intellectual—or perhaps I should say the emotional—history of the modern anti-vaccination movement and its consequences...

- Theodore Dalrymple , City Journal

it isn’t terribly surprising that the absence of several infectious diseases for which there are highly effective vaccines goes largely unnoticed. But now, some of these preventable diseases, which were all but eradicated in many wealthy countries, are on the rise...

- Kristen Jill Kresge , IAVI REPORT

Deadly Choices masterfully presents the history of the antivaccine movement...

- Amesh A. Adalja, MD , JAMA

Infectious disease expert Offit, long an outspoken and prolific (Vaccinated, 2007) champion of universal immunization via vaccines, ratchets up the urgency of his crusade by taking on the loudest and highest profile spokespersons for the anti-vaccine movement...

- Donna Chavez , Booklist

Dr. Offit traces the birth of the American anti-vaccine movement...

- Jason Zasky , Failure Magazine

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