- Series: Sears Parenting Library
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (October 22, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780316017503
- ISBN-13: 978-0316017503
- ASIN: 0316017507
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 409 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) Paperback – October 22, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Sears, coauthor of several books in the Sears Parenting series, addresses one of today's most controversial and worrisome questions. Sears' goal is "to give you a balanced look at pros and cons of vaccination so that you can make an educated decision." Sears does not advocate for or rail against vaccination, stating it doesn't have to be an all or nothing decision-there are choices. The first 12 chapters discuss each vaccination in the childhood series, providing explanation of the relative disease, how the vaccine is made and points to assess a child's at-risk level when considering if the vaccine is necessary. Sears does offer guidance for those who are indecisive, offering his opinion based on clinical experience and 13 years of research taken from product inserts, pediatric reference books, articles and databases. Additional chapters illuminate more controversial aspects of the debate, such as how vaccine safety is researched and what the findings are, side effects and how to minimize them, common myths and questions. As always, Sears' tone puts readers at ease as he clearly explains medical terms and elucidates debates.
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An exhaustively researched guidebook. (Newsday)
It's the most evenhanded and thorough look at baby immunizations we've yet seen. (Babytalk)
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I had to know more, and this book tells you everything you need to know. It tells you the common reactions and rare but dangerous risks associated with each vaccine, symptoms of reactions, how Dr. Sears came to his conclusions/did his math/did his research, what ingredients are in each vaccine, how common/rare or dangerous/benign each disease is that is prevented by each vaccine, the government recommended schedule, an alternative schedule for parents who want the minimum amount of vaccines, and his recommended schedule... Plus much much more...
This book will help any parent make an informed decision either way and feel confident that they made good decisions. Yes, Dr. Sears shows you that there are many decisions to be made. It's not all or nothing unless you want it to be. You have lots of options that he outlines for you. I feel like I can trust this book because it's not one sided. It seems difficult to trust anyone who wants you to blindly trust any argument and even withholds information from you in order to convince you of their side, but Dr. Sears is the only one so far who doesn't do that. He seems to lean one way more than the other but also respects and understands the other side of the argument. Furthermore, he doesn't agree completely with the side he's on and doesn't base his decisions on just one way of doing things. He does them his own way, which every parent has a right to do, and every parent has a right to be informed when they make decisions for the heatlh of their children.
The other area I thought would be good to understand and that I didn't see included is why the CDC recommends a vaccine to be given at, for example, 2 months vs. 4 months. Dr Sears just outlines the CDC recommendation without expanding into the why they reached that conclusion or even sayIng that there's no research to back such decision. For instance, the first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine is given at birth, why at birth rather than 1 month or 2? The rest of the info he does include and some of the explanations he expands upon are very helpful.
I do recommend this book as a must read for anyone (regardless of what side of the debate you're on) looking to make an informed decision about vaccines.