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Background on Calling ths Shots
Sociologist Jennifer A. Reich spent over a decade studying the phenomenon of vaccine refusal and interviewing everyone involved, from the of parents who distrust vaccines and the corporations that make them, to the health providers and policy makers who see them as essential to ensuring community health. Without choosing a side in the vaccination debate, Reich examines how parents who choose not to vaccinate see their decision: what they fear, what they hope to control and what they believe is in their child’s best interest. Based on interviews with parents who fully reject vaccines as well as those that believe in “slow vax,” or altering the recommended number and length in between vaccinations, Reich gives a fascinating account of these parents’ point of view.
Placing these stories in dialogue with those of pediatricians who see the devastation vaccine-preventable diseases can cause and the policy makers who aim to create healthy communities, Calling the Shots offers a unique opportunity to understand the points of disagreement on what is best for children, communities, and public health and the opportunities to bridge these differences.