Just Released! Fifth Edition of “The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians”

May 2015

Technically Speaking
Monthly Column by Deborah Wexler, MD
Deborah Wexler MD
Technically Speaking is a monthly column written by IAC’s Executive Director Deborah Wexler, MD. The column is featured in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center’s (VEC’s) monthly e-newsletter for healthcare professionals. Technically Speaking columns cover practical topics in immunization delivery such as needle length, vaccine administration, cold chain, and immunization schedules.
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Just Released! Fifth Edition of “The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians”
Published May 2015
Information presented in this article may have changed since the original publication date. For the most current immunization recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, visit www.immunize.org/acip/acip_vax.asp.
If you are a healthcare professional whose work includes making sure that your patients receive their recommended vaccines on schedule, you’ll want to be sure to obtain a copy of the recently published 5th edition of “The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians” (also known as “The Purple Book”).
Written by Gary S. Marshall, MD, professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, The Vaccine Handbook is a vital source of up-to-date information for vaccine providers and educators.
The fully indexed book draws together the latest vaccine science and guidance into a concise, user-friendly, practical resource for the private office, public health clinic, academic medical center, and hospital setting. It also serves as a great educational curriculum for healthcare professionals.
Occupying a middle ground between a scientific textbook and a compilation of facts and recommendations, the 560 pages of content are expansive, yet the book is small enough to fit into a lab-coat pocket. Most importantly, the language is plain, simple and accessible.
The Vaccine Handbook contains comprehensive and detailed information about every licensed vaccine in the United States, along with the rationale behind the recommendations for each vaccine. Also covered are the operational elements of administering vaccines, as well as storage and handling issues encountered in everyday practice. The book also provides background on how vaccines are developed, tested and licensed, how vaccine policy is made, what constitutes the vaccine safety net, standards and regulations, billing, office logistics and much more.
An especially useful chapter dedicated to vaccine hesitancy issues provides scientifically based guidance on how to respond to commonly raised questions about vaccine safety.
As author of the Foreword to the new edition, and as someone who has spent a career advocating for vaccination, I urge you to order a copy of Dr. Marshall’s book. It’s available on the Immunization Action Coalition’s website for $29.95 (plus shipping).
Download a descriptive information sheet about The Vaccine Handbook
To order your copy or for more information, visit “The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians” Web page on IAC’s website.
The book is also available from the publisher, Professional Communications, as well as from many online bookstores.


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