Parents have come to depend on vaccines to protect their children from a variety of diseases. Some evidence suggests, however, that vaccination against pertussis (whooping cough) and rubella (German measles) is, in a small number of cases, associated with increased risk of serious illness.
This book examines the controversy over the evidence and offers a comprehensively documented assessment of the risk of illness following immunization with vaccines against pertussis and rubella. Based on extensive review of the evidence from epidemiologic studies, case histories, studies in animals, and other sources of information, the book examines:
The volume, which includes a description of the committee's methods for evaluating evidence and directions for future research, will be important reading for public health officials, pediatricians, researchers, and concerned parents.
Institute of Medicine. 1991. Adverse Effects of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/1815.
|1 Executive Summary
|2 Histories of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines
|3 Methodologic Considerations in Evaluating the Evidence
|4 Evidence Concerning Pertussis Vaccines and Central Nervous System Disorders, Including Infantile Spasms, Hypsarrhythmia, Aseptic Meningitis, and Encephalopathy
|5 Evidence Concerning Pertussis Vaccinces and Deaths Classified as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
|6 Evidence Concerning Pertussis Vaccines and Other Illnesses and Conditions
|7 Evidence Concerning Rubella Vaccines and Arthritis, Radiculoneuritis, and Thrombocytopenic Purpura
|Afterword on Research Needs
|Glossary of Terms
|Appendix A: Strategies for Gathering Information: Adverse Effects of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines
|Appendix B: Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines: A Brief Chronology
|Appendix C: Animal Models for the Study of Whooping Cough and the Testing of Vaccine Materials
|Appendix D: Technical Details of Power Calculations and Meta-Analyses
|Appendix E: Possible Involvement of Aluminum Salts in Erythema Multiforme, Encephalopathy, or Other Adverse Events After Pertussis Immunization
|Appendix F: Committee and Staff Biographies
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