I've been waiting and waiting for Dr. Robert Sears' Vaccine Book to be published, so I could shout from the rooftops about how AWESOME and life-changing this book has been for me and my family!!!!!!!
We've been going to the Sears' pediatric office for over a year now. I asked Dr. Bob (Robert) about vaccines at our first appointment (because that was a big concern of mine, since I had recently realized that Hep B is a sexually transmitted disease or is also aquired through drug needles, and my kiddos had received that vaccine within 24 hours of birth AND had received boosters not long after as well, and that is totally unacceptable to me now that I realize it!). Dr. Bob gave me his manuscript (of this book) to read, and then I attended a vaccine seminar that he offerred.
I'm sure the manuscript has been edited throughout the publishing process, but I imagine the book is very close to the manuscript I read. This book is really a great resource - and I think EVERY parent ought to read this. It is written on a parents' level (it is extremely educational, but also easy to understand), and it includes all the information you need in order to make an informed and educated decision. It is unbiased - you will not get an author's opinions shoved at you, rather you will get information and you will get guidance on how to make a decision based on your family's situation/beliefs/concerns.
Dr. Bob lists each disease and the vaccines available for that disease. He talks about the disease: what it is, why it is and isn't a concern, if it even occurs nowadays, etc. He also talks about the vaccines: ingredients, why those ingredients are of concern, the effects of those ingredients on our kiddos, etc.
He also talks about things you can do to help prevent your kiddo from getting those diseases in the first place (ie: breastfeeding, not doing daycare, etc.).
I HIGHLY recommend this book. I think that after you read it, you'll agree that it should be at the top of ANY reading-list for someone trying to learn about vaccines (especially for their chidlren)! I had tried reading other books out there about vaccines (and digging through some websites), but I was so turned off by how biased they were. This one is fantastic because of the lack of bias and the fact that it's so forthcoming with information that we all need in making this decision. After I read this book, I felt (and feel) confident in my decisions regarding vaccinating (or not vaccinating, or selectively vaccinating) my kiddos.