Our baby is due in May and my husband and I would like to start researching vaccinations. I'd like a book that presents both sides of the argument in a non-biased way.
And a dvd would be good for DH cuz he doesn't like reading!
I don't know about any DVDs, but a book I really like is The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears (don't remember which Sears.) Everything I read in it was presented in a scientific/medical way with the names of the vaccines, how many doses are given, why they are given, what can happen if the disease is contracted, and potential side-effects of the vaccines from the very minor itching to the more severe of seizures and death. He also gives all of the versions available (at least at the time of the book's publication with some updates given on their website) and the ingredients each one contains.
He doesn't advise against getting vaccines, but he is not telling you that you have to get 100% of them on the CDC's schedule, either.
Married to DH since February 2005, mother of , DS (8/18/2008) and DD in (4/2/2011)! Expecting February 2013!
A number of pediatricians have demonized Sears for proposing such sacrilege as an alternative vaccine schedule. Those peds should realize that I was set on not vaccinating at all until I read Sears' book. He doesn't dismiss parental concerns; he validates and addresses them. While owning up to his pro-vax bias, he gives a level-headed list of reasons of why parents may or may not choose certain vaccines. The other source that I would recommend is Jay Gordon's DVD. He's more conservative on vaxes than Sears, but he still gives even-handed information for parents to make decisions. And contrary to popular belief, he's not anti-vax.
“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines.” - Marcia Angell, M.D., former NEJM Editor Private Parts are Private Property!