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UofL doctor writes guide to vaccines

by Erman,Linda last modified Jun 16, 2010 12:49 PM

Feb. 16, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With vaccines so frequently in the news, many parents are unsure whether to get their own annual flu shots, much less whether to subject their children to lengthy series of routine vaccinations.

“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vaccinations,” a new book by University of Louisville pediatric infectious diseases specialist Michael J. Smith, M.D., MSCE, and medical writer Laurie Bouck, gives concerned readers all the information they need to know about vaccines.

  • How do vaccines work—both live and dead?
  • Which vaccines are required and recommended for infants, adolescents and adults?
  • Which vaccines have been questioned for medical, religious and social reasons?
  • What are the risks of not vaccinating?
  • What vaccinations are required or recommended for travelers, injuries and special populations?

Smith is a board-certified pediatrician at the University of Louisville. He has done original research on media coverage of vaccine safety issues and parental vaccines concerns in Kentucky. He has written textbook chapters on rubella, diphtheria, influenza vaccination of health-care workers and vaccine safety.

Smith is a graduate of Princeton University. He earned his medical degree at Columbia University, served his residency in pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, R.I., and completed a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He also earned a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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