Dr. Kristen Feemster, Director of Research for the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, recently published a new book, Vaccines: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2017). Dr. Feemster’s book offers information about vaccine science, history, policy and law among other topics. Information is presented in a question-and-answer format making it a great quick reference guide for providers. Additionally, because of Dr. Feemster’s experience as a researcher, clinician and public health medical director, the book offers information related to a breadth of vaccine-related topics from a first-hand perspective.
Providers getting questions from parents or patients may be particularly interested in the chapters related to vaccine development (chapter 3), vaccine safety (chapter 5) and vaccine hesitancy (chapter 8). Those new to medicine or just beginning to offer vaccines are likely to find the chapters related to vaccine financing and distribution (chapter 4) and laws and standard practices for vaccine administration (chapter 7) helpful. The book also offers information about the future of vaccines (chapter 9), including vaccines in development and information about therapeutic vaccines and elimination or eradication of diseases by vaccination. A useful table in the appendix provides information related to disease history, recommended vaccine schedule, adverse events and vaccine effectiveness.