This completely updated edition of "The Vaccine Guide" gives consumers the facts they need to make informed decisions about vaccines, with clear discussions of childhood and adult diseases, their incidence, and the likelihood of exposure and complications. For each vaccine the book evaluates effectiveness, toxicity, adverse effects, dangers, and long-term consequences. Dr. Randall Neustaedter, who has practiced holistic medicine for more than thirty years, invites parents to take a look at the bigger picture as far as their children's lifelong health is concerned and gives them essential data to weigh the pros and cons when dealing with the fear of infectious diseases and the chronic conditions associated with vaccines. He describes each disease, including its incidence and the likelihood of exposure, its typical severity, and holistic treatment. This third edition contains the most recent findings from research of the past 12 years and includes discussions of vaccines for chickenpox, diphtheria, flu, hepatitis, HPV, meningitis, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), pertussis, polio, rotavirus, smallpox, and tetanus.As easy to use as it is informative, "The Vaccine Guide" follows a step-by-step format that enhances readers' ability to form their own opinions. The author begins with the background, philosophy, and misconceptions surrounding the development of vaccines. He describes each disease, including its incidence and the likelihood of exposure, its typical severity, and holistic treatment. Each vaccine's effectiveness and range of side effects is analyzed, along with a discussion of the new epidemics of pediatric chronic diseases such autism, asthma, eczema, diabetes, and attention problems whose numbers have skyrocketed alongside the increase in the use of vaccines. Neustaedter raises questions about the denial of serious adverse events and deaths by vaccine manufacturers and the power of drug companies and their influence in government. He points out how, since 1986, drug companies have enjoyed immunity from liability for children's vaccine reactions which allows them to continue to develop and dispense a growing number of increasingly expensive and dangerous vaccines. By arming consumers with this body of knowledge, he hopes the public focus on infectious disease will shift, and a new awareness of the potential risks of vaccines will inform the decisions of parents seeking to protect the long-term health of their children."