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State of Immunity

The Politics of Vaccination in Twentieth-Century America

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State of Immunity by James Colgrove
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This first comprehensive history of the social and political aspects of vaccination in the United States tells the story of how vaccination became a widely accepted public health measure over the course of the twentieth century. One hundred years ago, just a handful of vaccines existed, and only one, for smallpox, was widely used. Today more than two dozen vaccines are in use, fourteen of which are universally recommended for children. State of Immunity examines the strategies that health officials have used--ranging from advertising and public relations campaigns to laws requiring children to be immunized before they can attend school--to gain public acceptance of vaccines. Like any medical intervention, vaccination carries a small risk of adverse reactions. But unlike other procedures, it is performed on healthy people, most commonly children, and has been mandated by law. Vaccination thus poses unique ethical, political, and legal questions. James Colgrove considers how individual liberty should be balanced against the need to protect the common welfare, how experts should act in the face of incomplete or inconsistent scientific information, and how the public should be involved in these decisions. A well-researched, intelligent, and balanced look at a timely topic, this book explores these issues through a vivid historical narrative that offers new insights into the past, present, and future of vaccination.

Author Biography

James Colgrove is Associate Research Scientist at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
Release date Australia
September 22nd, 2006
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
22 b&w illlustrations
Imprint
University of California Press
Pages
349
Dimensions
152x229x28
ISBN-13
9780520247499
Product ID
1907022

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