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Robert W. Sears, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice in southern California. Dr. Bob received his medical degree from Georgetown University and completed his pediatric training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He has co-authored six books in the Sears Parenting Library, including The Portable Pediatrician and The Baby Book. He is also the author of The Autism Book and co-author of Happy Baby. He lives with his family in Dana Point, CA.
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Product Details

  • Series: Sears Parenting Library
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Rev Upd edition (October 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316180521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316180528
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (597 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't know if anyone else has done this yet, but this is a detailed breakdown of what is in this book. It is more information than I ever expected, in a format that is sectioned down in consistent and easy to read and reference. Personally, this is one of the best investments I made prepping for my brand new role as a mother. I bought it in my second trimester. I poured through it making notes and highlighting as I went. Dr Sears IS pro-vaccine, yet he writes from a neutral stand point giving you facts. But he is not here to tell you to get vaccines, rather to guide you in making the right choices for you! I'm pretty sure those that gave one star are those that have not even read a word of this book, but are rather so adamantly against just the idea of people not vaccinating that they must discredit a wealth of knowledge that benefits ALL parents and children.
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.
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I bought this book wanting to get the anti-vaccine side of the argument, because I was told this book had references to real white-paper studies and not just the endless string of tear-jerking but scientifically meaningless anecdotal stories that you see on TV and read about online.

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.
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too bad there is so much hate going around with the vax debate... so much misinformation and close-mindedness. I brought this book to some highly recommended so-called "open-minded" pediatricians and they all said "we totally disagree with everything in this book." Wow! How presumptuous and negative! Dr. Sears isn't even anti-vax! He recommends getting certain vax! This book may help you decide which Big Pharma manufacturer for each vax to choose (I found a doc that would order whatever vax I wanted) (one that doesn't use animal parts which is linked to cancers, etc.) Worth a read, you can gain some knowledge either way, whatever side you are on. I don't think the anti-vaxers are necessarily against the idea of vax- but wouldn't it be nice if they made them a bit safer- less heavy metals and aborted fetuses and animal dna, etc. ??
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You should definitely use your own judgement when it comes to Vaccines, but this book really simplifies and helps break down the VAST amounts of information on vaccines. I especially like that this book tells you the ingredients of each vaccine so that you can choose the brand with the least harmful additives. In our state, you have no choice on whether or not to vaccinate your children, so at least this way, we were able to make informed decisions on what they got and when. This book was easy to read and was as non biased as you are going to get in this heated debate. This book helps you educate yourself enough to have an informed discussion with your doctor about your wishes.
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