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The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) Paperback – October 26, 2011
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I was very impressed with and surprised by this book. It was not anti-vaccine at all, it simply described each vaccine and each ingredient and presented the most current scientific safety study findings on each, along with the corresponding risks of each disease. Drawing no conclusions, Dr. Sears challenges each parent to make their own decision about each vaccine's use and schedule one at a time, with specific advice for various scenarios (breast-fed at home vs 5 days/week in daycare, for example).
My wife and I were pleased to find ourselves intuitively designing our own custom vaccine schedule as we read through the book, custom tailored for our unique situation. After reading, we choose to almost fully vaccinate, but on a schedule we were comfortable with and against a set of risks that we now understand very well and can defend to anyone based on scientific evidence. All facts in the book are backed up with specific white-papers which Dr. Sears annotates as you go through the book, so you can cross-reference the research yourself (some vaccines intrigued me more than others).
This is the only resource (including FDA and CDC) that we have found so far that provides a balanced, fair-minded, non-dogmatic approach to the broad topic of vaccination. The reality is made clear: each vaccine is an individual medical treatment, not a component in a holy war.Read more ›
It starts with the current to date vaccine schedule chart. He then goes over each vaccine in order, each vaccine being their own chapter, and following a consistent format per chapter. The history of the disease. The description, likelihood of getting it, and the statistics including the risk factors involved for your child should they contract it, the short term and potentially long term outcome or damage, and the mortality rate. So basically the risks of not getting the vaccine. Followed by the risks of getting the vaccine. Common immediate reactions, more significant risks which can be different according to each company that makes the vaccine. (These are all based off of case studies and statistics). The different versions that may be made as a single disease vaccine, or as a combination vaccine, which also depending on the maker. Single and Combo are both gone over thoroughly.Read more ›
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This book has been soo helpful as we decide what vaccines to give our son and when. I find it very informative and not very biased, though you do get dr. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Frontierfam
I have used this book to make informed decisions regarding vaccinations with both of my children. It is a hard issue as there is so much material that is written with bias. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Bethany
Although Dr. Sears is pro vaccines, he states only the facts. It's very informative on what ingredients are in each shot, benefits, and concerns.Published 5 days ago by Ashley Surber
Great book for someone interested in having their child on a modified vaccination schedule.Published 10 days ago by tyler
We got some really good insights on how vaccines are made and what to be aware - good insights.
Lot's of debate to vaccinate or not - this gave me a better understand of what... Read more
This book was highly influential in my decision to vaccinate or not. Very neutral point of view. Simple presentation of the facts without biasPublished 26 days ago by Stevie