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Title:
Vaccines : calling the shots
Author:
Pemberton, Sonya, screenwriter, television producer, television director.
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : PBS Distribution, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Diseases that were largely eradicated in the U.S. a generation ago - including whooping cough, measles, mumps - are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children's shots. This takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, and shed light on the risks of opting out. The vast majority of Americans - more than 90% - vaccinate their children. Yet many people have questions about the safety of vaccines.
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Title from container.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
TV-PG.
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Added Uniform Title:
Nova (Television program)
ISBN:
9781627891271
UPC:
841887022569
Format :
DVD

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Diseases that were largely eradicated in the U.S. a generation ago -- including whooping cough, measles, mumps -- are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children's shots. This takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, and shed light on the risks of opting out. The vast majority of Americans -- more than 90% -- vaccinate their children. Yet many people have questions about the safety of vaccines.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Presented in nine free-flowing chapters, this program clearly advocates the use of vaccinations to prevent the spread of illness and death. The fact that 500 years ago communicable disease took the lives of 25 percent of children under the age of five is compared to the recent near eradication of the same diseases following universal vaccination in the developed world. For instance, the infection rate of polio plummeted 99 percent after universal vaccinations were instituted. In the last few years, though, outbreaks of preventable diseases have increased. After years of near eradication, France had 15,000 cases of measles, with six deaths in 2011. The resurgence of once suppressed diseases in developed nations is explained by the lax attitudes of parents who have never witnessed an epidemic. University of Michigan health behavior educator Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher states that the normal fear and anxiety that parents feel should be the beginning of the conversation about vaccines, not the end. Other experts state that although on rare occasions vaccinations have triggered seizures, the underlying cause was already present in the individuals. Additionally, they state that autism begins in the womb, not when a child receives a vaccination. Since one in a million will have an adverse reaction to a vaccine, vaccination is a better choice, not a perfect choice, according to the program. Like The Greater Good (Janson Media, 2014), this program is convincing but advocates universal, regimented vaccination, instead of delaying or skipping vaccinations, as The Greater Good suggests. The debate continues, and both sides of the argument provoke contemplation.-Ann Weber, Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, CA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.