I recently reviewed a book called Your Baby’s Best Shot: Why Vaccines are Safe and Save Lives on my Mom Must Read blog for the Parents website. That’s when I received a lovely email from the author, Stacy Mintzer Herlihy, and found out she’s a local. When not writing books strongly in favor of the safety of vaccines, she’s the mother of young children in Roseland.
Stacy knows all of the latest vaccine research and makes great arguments. You can learn from Stacy in person this Sunday when she speaks at 2 pm at Words bookstore in Maplewood. She’s also into answering questions.
Here are a few I asked her:
KK: Why this book now?
SMH: I think parents really want access to good, solid information that isn’t tied to any particular agenda. So much of what is out there can be confusing especially if your last class in the sciences was high school chem. Our book tries to address that. We tried to get at the heart of the basic argument on vaccines: They are safe and they really do save lives.
KK: Why are you so pro-vaccine?
SMH: The diseases they prevent against are horrible and out there at every turn. On the last day of my daughter’s school the principal sent out a letter about a child attending the school who was diagnosed with pertussis. Pertussis is awful. It kills little kids. Even in adults it can last several months and cause you to cough so hard you break a rib. Measles is everywhere. When I gave birth to Charlotte on April 21st, 2011 in St. Barnabas hospital over in Livingston, they turned on the television during my labor. The news reported that Eppes Essen, a local Jewish restaurant, was being closed down because two patrons had measles!
KK: What about the vaccine-autism link?
SMH: I think New Jersey parents are particularly concerned about the rise in autism rates in this state. We have some of the highest rates in this country. I think parents need to know that vaccinations are not behind it. What we’re seeing is more about more awareness of the disease and better access to services in this state rather than anything to do with vaccines. We need to do more to reassure parents that they should vaccinate and do so confidently.
Check out the book–and if you’re worried about vaccines, head to Stacy’s talk on Sunday.
Vaccine Talk with author Stacy Mintzer Herlihy
Who: Parents of young children
What: Discussion of the book Your Baby’s Best Shot
When: Sunday, October 21 at 2 p.m.
Where: Words, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040