Your Baby's Best Shot

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Your Baby's Best Shot: Why Vaccines Are Safe and Save Lives
Author E. Allison Hagood, Stacy Mintzer Herlihy
Language English
Subject Vaccine controversies
Genre Nonfiction, medicine
Published August 9, 2012
Pages 220
ISBN 144221578X
OCLC 783171538

Your Baby's Best Shot: Why Vaccines are Safe and Save Lives is a 2012 pro-vaccine book, published by Rowman and Littlefield, and written by E. Allison Hagood, a psychology professor, and Stacy Mintzer Herlihy, a freelance writer from Roseland, New Jersey. The foreword was written by Paul Offit.


The book's introduction states: "I hope that anyone reading this book will read it and gain an understanding why vaccines are so vitally important to the health and well being of all of us.”[1] Chapter 1 describes who the authors are, their own experiences with vaccines, and what motivated them to write this book. Chapter 2 focuses on the story of Edward Jenner and the development of the first vaccine. Chapter 3 discusses the biological mechanisms by which vaccines work, as well as the concept of herd immunity. Chapter 4 discusses the anti-vaccine claims about how vaccines contain *dangerous ingredients* such as formaldehyde and polymyxin B.


Kristen Kemp of Parents called the book a "great resource,"[2] and Publishers Weekly wrote that it was "extensively researched and forceful."[3] Another positive review came from Booklist, where Karen Springen wrote that "This thoroughly researched book should convince even ardent vaccine skeptics that the benefits of giving kids shots to prevent illnesses far outweigh any negatives,"[4] and David Gorski wrote that the book was "essential reading for all new parents with any doubts at all about vaccines."[5]


  1. ^ "Roseland resident writes book about childhood vaccinations | The Progress News". 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
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  3. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Your Baby's Best Shot: Why Vaccines Are Safe and Save Lives by Stacy Mintzer Herlihy and E. Allison Hagood, foreward [sic] by Paul Offi, M.D. . Rowman & Littlefield". 2012-09-28. ISBN 978-1-4422-1578-8. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
  4. ^ Springen, Karen (August 2012). "Booklist Review". Booklist. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Your Baby's Best Shot". Rowman & Littlefield. Retrieved 21 October 2013.