A mother’s story of raising an autistic son, navigating the vaccine court, and confronting the widespread denial of a link between vaccines and autism.At four months old, Porter Bridges went in for his well-baby checkup and received an array of vaccines. That night he spiked a 105-degree fever and had a two-hour grand mal seizure. He was rushed to the hospital where doctorA mother’s story of raising an autistic son, navigating the vaccine court, and confronting the widespread denial of a link between vaccines and autism.At four months old, Porter Bridges went in for his well-baby checkup and received an array of vaccines. That night he spiked a 105-degree fever and had a two-hour grand mal seizure. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors struggled to stabilize him while his family paced the halls waiting to hear if he was conscious. Though no one could know it at the time, Porter’s hospitalization marked the start of a terrifying and tragic decline in his health and the health of his family. And while the effects of Porter’s reaction would take years to fully develop, the cause was never in doubt—Porter’s hospital record reads, “Brain injury from pertussis vaccine.”Cognitive dissonance is the psychology term for that queasy feeling we get when things just don’t line up. Here are the facts: Porter is a healthy infant one moment and has brain damage the next. The CDC says vaccines are always safe, but the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program awards Porter’s family millions of dollars to pay for his pertussis injury. The CDC sends a press release saying vaccines never cause autism. That afternoon, government funds pay for Porter’s autism therapy. He goes three times a week.A Bad Reaction is a personal journey—sometimes painful, sometimes funny. It confronts the dissonance between what the government tells us about the vaccine-autism link and its secret payments compensating the vaccine-injured. It tackles broader issues such as individual versus government responsibility, the conflicts of interest in vaccination-safety research, and the balance of individual and collective good. Vaccines hold the special distinction of being the only mandated drugs all children receive and have saved innumerable lives. They also have safety risks. This book is about one of those “negative outcomes.” His name is Porter.Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home....
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A Bad Reaction Reviews
Looking at the cover, I assumed that the book would be strictly anti-vaccine, but I was wrong. As I found out in the prologue before the first chapter, this was not the case. The author affirms that she is very much pro-vaccine. She writes about her son's medical and developmental issues from a side effect of the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine while telling of the difficulties there were while navigating court, home-life, support, and governmental services. Through the stress of keeping her marriage together, divorce, and having another child to care for, Sarah Bridges paints a vivid image of how hard certain decisions were in her situation, letting the reader visualize and feel the story as it unfolds.As a memoir, I appreciated the honesty that Sarah Bridges had, trying to connect what she has experienced in her ongoing situation with other families who have had the same burden of the pain to see a loved one with such issues. Sarah expresses her feelings and thoughts in this book which are extremely touching and give insight to what it is like to be a person in her position. Overall, A Bad Reaction is extremely well written, and has an attention grabber at every turn. The book kept me constantly interested, thus finishing it in only two sittings.
(Disclosure: I received a copy of this through a Goodreads giveaway).Reading the description of this book on Goodreads, my impression was that this book was going to be an anti-vaccine piece ("A mother’s story of raising an autistic son, navigating the vaccine court, and confronting the widespread denial of a link between vaccines and autism.") However, it actually didn't turn out quite that way (and nowhere in this book did I get any sense it was "confronting the widespread denial of a link between vaccines and autism"). Also, to be clear, there isn't widespread denial; on the contrary, there isn't supporting evidence that vaccines cause autism. Period.The book was a rather sad story about how much this family struggled with their child having a reaction to the old DPT vaccine (a reaction that occurred enough to have the vaccine changed to an acellular formulation; also, a reaction that may be reflective of Dravet Syndome, which I wonder if the child in this story may have had?) and their attempting to get compensation from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. I had a few issues with misinformation, some of the tone/quotes of medical professionals (several times she reported that doctors and nurses told her that vaccines are completely safe with no side effects, ever - I have a hard time believing that anyone ever actually said that), and other statements the author made. First, she stated several times that pertussis was a virus, which is absolutely incorrect. (Perhaps this will be corrected in the final publication). She also said that vaccination is "forced" and that vaccines are "universally mandated for purchase by everyone in the country," which is also patently false. I was surprised that someone with a research background would make such erroneous statements.Overall, though, I did not feel that it was some agenda-driven, anti-vax propaganda, and I certainly empathize with her frustration about feeling that her child's injury was not acknowledged by the government through the frustration and challenges of getting compensation.Edit to add: I notice that the publisher has also been responsible for the spread of a bunch of anti-vax pseudoscience quackery (Andrew Fakefield's book, and some others); now I feel a little less favorable about the book and question the agenda behind it...
This memoir about a family's experiences raising a son with life-long complications resulting from a pertussis vaccine at 4 months. In additon to the stress of repeated trips to the ER and numerous specialists over the years, the family was burdened with unbelievably cumbersome government bureacratic requirements to obtain financial support from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (as the vaccine's makers have been granted immunity from prosecution) instituted to balance public safety with the small risk forced vaccination carries for those who react unfavorably. The book kept me engaged reading it through in one sitting. When an out-of-home placement was deemed best for her son and her other children, after she and her husband could no longer keep their marriage together through all the stress, I was disappointed to find the memoir coming to an end. While a short Epilogue concludes with the son recovering from yet another seizure at age 21 after stopping breathing, one is left to assume the gap from 7 to 21 years is filled with continuing seizures and medical challenges. But somehow once he's been placed with a caregiver outside their home, the story comes to an abrupt end. How did their family navigate the following years? We are left with no illusions that there will be a happy ending, but maybe there are some ways they have come to terms with making the challenges. Interestingly, it seems to be the daughter, only a year and a half older, who seems able to come to accept and appreciate her brother despite his limitations.
When I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway, I was hesitant that it was going to be strictly an anti-vaccine book. However, in the note before the first chapter, she clearly states that isn't the case.While her son's medical issues are ultimately the result of an adverse effect to a vaccine, this book stuck out to me because it can apply to any family that is trying to navigate the medical, governmental, and support services for a loved one with any kind of medical or developmental issues. I appreciated her honesty in her thoughts and feelings about what was happening throughout her experiences.
Wrote a review when I finished reading this book then past it on to a friend so she could use it for school, Social Work!