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New 4th Edition of The Vaccine Handbook Now Available


Professional Communications, Inc. is pleased to announce the publication of the fourth edition of The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (“The Purple Book”) by Gary S. Marshall, MD. 

The new fourth edition contains a foreword by Dr. Deborah Wexler, Executive Director of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), which is partnering with PCI to promote the book. 

Since the first edition was published in 2004, The Purple Book has become a vital source of practical, up-to-date information for vaccine providers and educators. The driving principle behind the book is simple: to draw together the latest vaccine science and guidance in a concise, user-friendly, practical resource that can be used as much in the classroom as it can in the private office, public health clinic, and hospital.  

The Purple Book is unique. It is replete with scientific background and references but unlike some academic textbooks, the language is plain, simple, and accessible. It is complete in terms of authoritative recommendations, but it expands upon the official publications of professional societies and governmental agencies by including, in one place, information on such things as how vaccines are developed, tested, and licensed; how vaccine policy is made; what constitutes the vaccine safety net; the legal obligations binding on vaccine providers; billing; and office logistics. The Purple Book is ideal for pediatricians, family physicians, internists, obstetrician/gynecologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, clinic staff, students, and residents. Some parents and patients might also find it useful.  

The fourth edition is divided into two sections. The first section includes the basic principles of vaccine immunology; a discussion of vaccine infrastructure in the United States; standards and regulations; tips on implementing vaccinations in practice; general recommendations; vaccination in special circumstances; addressing concerns about vaccines; and schedules. The second section gives details about every vaccine licensed in the United States, as well as background on the diseases that they prevent. The new edition includes the latest 2012 ACIP recommendations. 

Dr. Marshall is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky, where he serves as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Director of the Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit. In addition to being a busy clinician, he is nationally known for his work in the areas of vaccine research, advocacy, and education. 

2012 -:- 560 pages -:- ISBN: 978-1-932610-81-9 -:- $24.95 

The new fourth edition of The Vaccine Handbook (“The Purple Book”) by Dr. Gary Marshall is available by phone or online: 800-337-9838 — www.pcibooks.com 

For additional information, contact: J. Malcolm Beasley, Professional Communications, Inc., 400 Center Bay Drive, West Islip, New York 11795; (phone) 631-661-2852; (e-mail) jmbpci@earthlink.net

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