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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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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 ›
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 ›
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I came to my 2 month check up happily prepared with Dr Sears' alternate schedule, having read all pertinent chapters and feeling confident in my decisions about which vaccines I... Read morePublished 15 hours ago by GB
I recommend this book to anyone deciding, how, why and if to vaccinate their child; it has been indispensable to me in my research on vaccines for my son. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Bonny
Lots of great information. Written in terms that are easy to understand. I loved how the ingredients of each brand is listed so I know which ones are worse than others. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Nicole C. Migliaccio
This book has helped as the first step in understanding/breaking down the Vaccines and has helped me know what questions to ask my pediatrician prior to getting any vaccination. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Dustin Schroeder
Scientific, unbiased, factual.
What you need to be reading when deciding about vaccinations concerning your child. Read more
Love this book for it's tone, clarity, and information. I feel well-informed on what to skip, what to go for, and how to talk with my pediatrician.Published 27 days ago by Kristi Long