Aug 5, 2013

USD Sanford School of Medicine pediatrics chair publishes book on ‘vaccinophobia’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Archana Chatterjee, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics and senior associate dean for faculty development at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, has edited a new book on vaccinophobia—the fear of the adverse effects of vaccines and preventive medicine. Published by Springer, “Vaccinophobia and Vaccine Controversies of the 21st Century” explores the phenomenon in detail and offers a foundation for the development of solutions to dispel the misinformation and myths that surround vaccines.

“With some parents and other caregivers refusing or delaying vaccines for their children/wards, some vaccine-preventable diseases that were well-controlled have staged a comeback,” said Chatterjee. “Outbreaks of these diseases have been reported from countries where they were virtually unknown for many years. This situation is continuing to worsen, despite efforts by public health agencies and others to curb the spread of misinformation about the risks associated with these diseases and vaccine-related adverse events.”

The book explains how this state of affairs came into being, why it persists and how health care professionals can best respond. Perspectives representing pediatricians, family practitioners, nurses, parents, pharmacy professionals, the CDC and the public health community help the reader sort out legitimate from irrational concerns. In-depth analyses discuss the possibility of links with asthma, cancer, Guillain-Barre syndrome, SIDS, and, of course, autism.

Chatterjee arrived at the Sanford School of Medicine earlier this year from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., where she had served as a professor of pediatrics since 2008 and associate dean for academic and faculty affairs since 2011. She received her doctorate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1993, and her M.B.B.S. (equivalent to M.D.) from Pune University, Maharashtra, India, in 1983. She completed her pediatric residency at Creighton University/University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1995, and her fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases through the same program in 1998.

“Vaccinophobia and Vaccine Controversies of the 21st Century” is available to order on in eBook and hardcover formats. Review copies are available immediately for journalists and book reviewers. Contact: Alexander Brown at Springer publishing: (212) 620-8063 or

About the Sanford School of Medicine

For more than a century, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has set the standard for medical education of students, residents and professionals in the state. The school’s mission includes education, research and service. It emphasizes family practice to help create the next generation of doctors for all parts of the state. The school’s economic impact includes attracting $17 million annually in research funding as well as hosting two of the four 2010 Research Centers designated by the governor.

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