The Vaccine Handbook

The new (7th) edition of The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians by Gary Marshall has just been released. Also known as “The Purple Book,” this resource is a vital source of practical, up-to-date information for vaccine providers and educators. A section of the publisher’s description is reprinted below.

Easy to navigate yet replete with up-to-date information, the “Purple Book” contains practical advice and background on vaccine program infrastructure, standards and regulations, business aspects of vaccine practice, general recommendations, schedules, special circumstances, and how to address the concerns of parents and patients. Specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases, the rationale for vaccine use, and available products is included. The book is targeted to pediatricians, family practitioners, internists, obstetricians, residents, medical students nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. 


Access information about ordering the paperbook version of the 7th edition of The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians ($39.95).
The Vaccine Handbook App for Apple iPhones and iPads is available courtesy of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. 
Click here to visit the The Vaccine Handbook App page in the iTunes store.

About the Author:

Gary S. Marshall, MD, is professor of pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky, where he serves as chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and director of the Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit. In addition to being a busy clinician, he is nationally known for his work in the areas of vaccine research, advocacy, and education.

2 responses to “The Vaccine Handbook

  1. “…and how to address the concerns of parents and patients…”

    I wonder if that includes instructions on giving patients and their caregivers fully informed consent; information on the ingredients in each vaccine and toxicity of said ingredients (including synergistic effects); risk of vaccine injury and obtaining compensation; reporting injury via VAERS and Yellow Card systems; what signs of concern caregivers should report to physicians as potential vaccine injury post-vaccination (indeed, how physicians would recognise vaccine injury themselves); individuals particularly at risk of vaccine injury who should not be vaccinated such as those with mitochondrial dysfunction; potential for which diseases are made more serious by vaccination (e.g. chicken pox vaccine leaving people vulnerable to shingles as more virulent diseases can take the place in the population, of the original mild disease being vaccinated); honest risk of infectious disease statistics for those who opt not to vaccinate; necessity of vaccinating for relatively harmless diseases; health benefits conferred by catching the disease etc.

    I suspect not.


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