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Aug 21, 2008

I read this book to prepare myself for the onslaught of questions about vaccines from families in my practice. Dr. Sears (the author is actually the son of the famous Dr. Sears, this might fool some people) does present each vaccine and the disease it prevents in a nicely organized (and apparently researched) way. He also lays out the issues that, in the media and general public, seem to be surrounding the vaccines. The book is easy to read and probably will be helpful to those parents who have I read this book to prepare myself for the onslaught of questions about vaccines from families in my practice. Dr. Sears (the author is actually the son of the famous Dr. Sears, this might fool some people) does present each vaccine and the disease it prevents in a nicely organized (and apparently researched) way. He also lays out the issues that, in the media and general public, seem to be surrounding the vaccines. The book is easy to read and probably will be helpful to those parents who have vague yet overwhelming fears about vaccines--at least they will have a more complete understanding of what the vaccines are and what they will prevent, and of which vaccines seem to be controversial to the lay public.

However, Dr. Sears then presents alternative vaccine schedules for parents to use instead of those recommended and endorsed by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), ACIP (American Committee on Immunization Practices), and the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics). This is a very presumptuous move on his part. It seems to be based on personal opinion, and cater to the fears of and pressure from people who are generally "anti-vaccine." It is astounding to me that he would take on the responsibility of creating alternative immunization schedules that the public has no way of evaluating in comparison to the established schedules set up by the above listed organizations. The book sells his qualifications as a "board-certified pediatrician and the coauthor of several books." As far as I can determine he has no more qualifications to make public health and infectious disease recommendations than any other board-certified pediatrician in the USA (there are quite a few of us, since board certification is often a requirement for state licensure and maintaining malpractice insurance coverage as well as contracts with medical insurance companies).

Read it with your EYES OPEN.

ADDENDUM 10/11/2012: Four years later I am more vehemently opposed to the alternative vaccination schedules proposed by this book. My own daughter is currently suffering from pertussis (whooping cough). Despite being fully vaccinated for pertussis, she still contracted the disease. She is weak, coughing, vomiting, and whooping now for six weeks--the end is still not in sight. Our family and her close friends all had to take preventive antibiotics. She missed school. Notices went out to all her classmates. Others in her school were affected by the illness. Vaccine clinics were held in her school. I blame this illness on the excessively high presence of pertussis bacteria in the community as a result of an inadequately vaccinated population. Our protection from vaccines relies on both personal immunity AND "herd" immunity. The current acellular pertussis vaccine, although having fewer side effects, is not individually as effective as the whole cell pertussis vaccine. We can only rely on it if ALL are vaccinated. The real danger to our children is the DISEASES we are trying to prevent, NOT the vaccines we are giving to prevent them! I see many parents of new babies referring to Dr. Sears' book as if it were the bible of vaccines. The book is recommended to them by a new parent class or birthing class, and they latch onto it as if it were a life raft. I would strongly recommend those who are feeling unsure of vaccines to also read some of the books written by Paul Offit, MD. Unlike Dr. Sears, Dr. Offit is highly qualified to make recommendations and provide information about the diseases and vaccines used to prevent them. You might also check out the web site at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP, vaccines.chop.edu) for some factual information about immunizations and the controversies. ...more
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Jan 21, 2011

I decided to read this book after hearing several other not-entirely-pro-vaccine moms mention it. It is really easy to read and understand, but it left me thinking that perhaps Dr. Sears doesn't understand as much as he thinks he does, and he's giving parents some dangerous misinformation.

My main beef with the book is his obsession with aluminum adjuvants. He presents his case by citing studies about aluminum toxicity from IV nutrition in premature babies and patients with kidney problems. It I decided to read this book after hearing several other not-entirely-pro-vaccine moms mention it. It is really easy to read and understand, but it left me thinking that perhaps Dr. Sears doesn't understand as much as he thinks he does, and he's giving parents some dangerous misinformation.

My main beef with the book is his obsession with aluminum adjuvants. He presents his case by citing studies about aluminum toxicity from IV nutrition in premature babies and patients with kidney problems. It boggles my mind that he would even use this completely unrelated issue to make his case against using aluminum salts in vaccines (which are not administered intravenously, but intramuscularly, which is a distinction that he fails to make). He clearly didn't look very hard for information specifically about vaccines. If he had bothered to even do a Google Scholar search, he would have come across this article, which addresses concerns about additives in vaccines.

I was also very disappointed to see him cite Andrew Wakefield's retracted 1998 paper on MMR and autism. If I recall correctly, this book was published in 2007, and by that time Wakefield's research was already discredited (in fact, the GMC hearing, which would find him guilty of fraud, had begun), and other studies had been conducted which showed no link between the MMR vaccine and autism. It's really a shame that Dr. Bob chose to continue to propagate this myth.

My third complaint is with his alternate vaccine schedule, which he justifies mostly by reiterating his unsubstantiated concerns about aluminum. This is one issue that I go back and forth on. On the one hand, I like to see babies being protected from diseases. If parents are so worried about the potential risks of vaccines, it's better to see them vaccinate on a delayed schedule than not vaccinate at all. On the other hand, Dr. Bob spends his whole book confirming unfounded worries about vaccine safety, rather than presenting scientific evidence. Had he spent the book reassuring parents that vaccines are safe, and addressing legitimate concerns (like who specifically shouldn't receive vaccines, and how to deal with real adverse reactions), then there would be no need for his alternative schedule.

Even worse than his alternative schedule is his selective vaccine schedule, in which he recommends delaying the Hepatitis B vaccine until 12 years. He explains that Hep B is a "sexually transmitted disease" and so children don't need to be vaccinated. I hear this from parents as well. They say that their kid doesn't need the vaccine because he's not going to be promiscuous or use IV drugs. What they don't seem to realize is that Hep B can be transmitted through casual contact, and most carriers are asymptomatic. That means that your kid could be bitten on the playground or share a toothbrush at a sleepover with another kid who has Hep B and contract the virus, without even knowing it. Hep B is also way more likely to become a chronic infection (leading to liver disease and cancer) in children under 10. So please, if you are going to ignore Dr. Bob on just one point, make it this one. ...more
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May 20, 2014

The popularity of this book is incredibly disturbing. I've read reviews from both people who love the book and people who hated it and all say that Sears is giving choices and alternative vaccination schedules, etc. Vaccines only work 100% if everyone gives their children the vaccines. The fewer people who give their children vaccines, the more likely people are to get the disease, even those who have been vaccinated. Which would be worse, having your child possibly having an adverse reaction to The popularity of this book is incredibly disturbing. I've read reviews from both people who love the book and people who hated it and all say that Sears is giving choices and alternative vaccination schedules, etc. Vaccines only work 100% if everyone gives their children the vaccines. The fewer people who give their children vaccines, the more likely people are to get the disease, even those who have been vaccinated. Which would be worse, having your child possibly having an adverse reaction to the vaccine (treatable) or getting the horrible disease being vaccinated against (often untreatable) and being in agony or even dying? Don't people understand what the world was like before vaccines? How polio and smallpox ravaged communities? How whooping cough lasts for weeks or months and is hell on the body? I don't understand the mentality at all. I would never risk my child's life like that, and any book that doesn't make it clear how dangerous it is not to vaccinate, is not something I want to read. ...more
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Aug 22, 2008

This book is awesome! He gives a very balanced, easy to read picture of all the aspects of each childhood vaccine and the disease it protects against. If you are on the fence about vaccinations or just concerned about the volume given at a time, this will help you make a really, truly informed decision.

One word of note: after reading each chapter (and even the whole book) I was kind of in despair for a bit, because basically there are some nasty chances either way, vaccinate or not. It This book is awesome! He gives a very balanced, easy to read picture of all the aspects of each childhood vaccine and the disease it protects against. If you are on the fence about vaccinations or just concerned about the volume given at a time, this will help you make a really, truly informed decision.

One word of note: after reading each chapter (and even the whole book) I was kind of in despair for a bit, because basically there are some nasty chances either way, vaccinate or not. It definitely isn't an easy decision. I finally have a plan I feel 100% comfortable with. BUT if you have a decision you are already totally 100% comfortable with and you get overloaded with too much information, you might want to skip it. He tells you what he recommends and what he does for his kids but DOES NOT tell you what to do with your kids, just asks that you use your good judgement and be aware of the risks you are taking either way and practice good health. ...more
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Dec 27, 2011

This is a very non biased look at the vaccination issue. I am currently debating what to do when my baby is born since you have to know before the birth, as the first vaccination, HepB, is given AT BIRTH. The author is a doctor and he gives the pros, the cons, the facts of the condition each vaccination treats, the potential consequences on the individual as well as society if you do not vaccinate. He will state his opinion and why he feels that way, but he is not judgemental. He recognizes the This is a very non biased look at the vaccination issue. I am currently debating what to do when my baby is born since you have to know before the birth, as the first vaccination, HepB, is given AT BIRTH. The author is a doctor and he gives the pros, the cons, the facts of the condition each vaccination treats, the potential consequences on the individual as well as society if you do not vaccinate. He will state his opinion and why he feels that way, but he is not judgemental. He recognizes the individual's right to make this decision. He is in no way an extremist on either side. He also gives an alternative vaccination schedule and other options so that your baby is subjected to the least amount of mercury (as some vaccines still have minute amts) and ways for you to have your child subjected to the least amount of shots, cause we all know how fun those are! Oh, and he even discusses how different brands of vaccines are made, issuing recommendations due to that.
I highly recommend anyone who is debating this issue, or even who thinks their perspective is set, to read this. I have already decided to NOT get the Hep B and chicken pox vaccinations and will likely follow his alternative schedule. It is so refreshing to find this book after talking to and reading so many others who are so extreme on this issue. :) ...more
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Aug 08, 2008

I thought the layout of this book was easy to read. Dr. Sears explains the risks and prevalence of each disease as well as the risks of each vaccination. Although I was already familiar with ingredients in vaccines I still found that section fascinating and disgusting. I am also amazed at the process of creating vaccines. Ultimately this book helped me decide to cross a few vaccines off my list, while keeping most. Some of the diseases were not as scary as I had imagined. Also, it helped me I thought the layout of this book was easy to read. Dr. Sears explains the risks and prevalence of each disease as well as the risks of each vaccination. Although I was already familiar with ingredients in vaccines I still found that section fascinating and disgusting. I am also amazed at the process of creating vaccines. Ultimately this book helped me decide to cross a few vaccines off my list, while keeping most. Some of the diseases were not as scary as I had imagined. Also, it helped me determine my own alternative vaccination schedule. Some people may disagree with that idea believing that the reason the AAP recommends vaccines on a certain schedule is because it has been well-researched, but I'm really not convinced it's not a little more random than that. Worth the time if you're concerned about vaccines. ...more
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Jan 20, 2009

After searching and searching for the "right" book to read up on vaccinations, I finally picked this one largely due to the diverse reviews. Some people thought Dr. Sears leaned toward vaccinations and others thought he argued against. Sounded like he might just be objective to me. I certainly didn't want to read a book based on scare tactics and horror stories designed to just frighten the reader. This is a great book that gives you all the facts you need to make an informed and confident After searching and searching for the "right" book to read up on vaccinations, I finally picked this one largely due to the diverse reviews. Some people thought Dr. Sears leaned toward vaccinations and others thought he argued against. Sounded like he might just be objective to me. I certainly didn't want to read a book based on scare tactics and horror stories designed to just frighten the reader. This is a great book that gives you all the facts you need to make an informed and confident choice. He never tells you which way to go, but leaves it up to you based on all available medical information and research studies. And I LOVE that he gives you an alternative immunization schedule if you decide to go ahead with all, or only some of the vaccines out there. This is extremely helpful! In addition, he maintains a website that routinely gives updates on all new info, controversies and studies related to vaccination issues. I can't reccomend this book enough and am so relieved to be able to make confident choices regarding immunizations going forward! ...more
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Dec 09, 2008

I really love this book as a reference point for making decisions about your child's vaccinations. It seems like so much of the stuff out there is completely anti-vaccine, or completely pro-vaccine (i.e. accept everything your doctor tells you without question). I love being educated about my child's health and my options in caring for her.

This book is very comprehensive and well organized. It goes through each of the recommended vaccinations: the disease it's immunizing against, it's I really love this book as a reference point for making decisions about your child's vaccinations. It seems like so much of the stuff out there is completely anti-vaccine, or completely pro-vaccine (i.e. accept everything your doctor tells you without question). I love being educated about my child's health and my options in caring for her.

This book is very comprehensive and well organized. It goes through each of the recommended vaccinations: the disease it's immunizing against, it's ingredients/how it's made and the side-effects. Dr. Sears is very informative and offers his opinion without being overbearing. He takes into account all different perspectives on the issue. I was able to easily format a vaccination schedule for my daughter that I feel comfortable with.

It was hard to find a copy to check out from the library, so it just bought it and I'm glad I did. I definitely recommend this one! ...more
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Jan 17, 2009

Gives the skinny on the vaccine controversy from a Pediatrician's perspective. Best info out there that's not from wacko-land. Respected by doctors and granolas alike. I wish Dr. Sears would share his own feelings a bit more, but he leaves you with enough data to make a good decision.
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Jan 21, 2012

This book was originally recommended to me by a trusted friend who works in the medical field. After reading it for the second time, I believe it is an important book for parents wanting to know more about vaccinations. (If you get the book, try to get the revised and updated version published in October 2011. There have been new vaccines added since the original publishing date in 2007 and new research.)

Dr. Sears does a great job of laying out all the facts and then gives un-biased arguments This book was originally recommended to me by a trusted friend who works in the medical field. After reading it for the second time, I believe it is an important book for parents wanting to know more about vaccinations. (If you get the book, try to get the revised and updated version published in October 2011. There have been new vaccines added since the original publishing date in 2007 and new research.)

Dr. Sears does a great job of laying out all the facts and then gives un-biased arguments of why some may choose not to get the vaccination and why some do. The first sentence in the Preface is "I am a pro-vaccine doctor. I am also a pro-information doctor."

The book is very well-organized, very comprehensive, and very informative.

Dr. Sears explains what each disease is: how you are exposed, what the symptoms are, what a mild, moderate or severe case may be, possible long-lasting effects, whether the disease is common, whether it is serious, and whether it is treatable.

Then, he explains in detail how the vaccine is made, lists the ingredients (from the actual product insert) of each available brand of the vaccine, gives information on available combination shots, then talks about some of the potentially controversial ingredients in each brand.

Then, he gives "Reasons To Get the Vaccine" and "Reasons Some People Choose Not To Get the Vaccine", and then has a couple paragraphs on "The Way I See It".

At the end of the book he has several chapters addressing concerns over the chemicals used to make the vaccines, animal and human tissues used while manufacturing vaccines, the controversy concerning vaccines and autism, vaccine safety research, and vaccine side effects.

He talks about how he has given his patients with concerns about vaccinations an alternative vaccine schedule and explains the reasons for this.

I am a firm believer that the more parents are informed the better decisions they can make for their children. Even if it's COMPLETELY OVERWHELMING at times! Whether you choose to get all the vaccinations, some of the vaccinations, or none at all, at least you will do so with all the facts available.
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Dec 28, 2008

This book was so great. I feel like I am much more informed about the vaccine issue. I'd heard some bad things about vaccines in the media and from friends, but wasn't sure what I wanted to do.

So I sheepishly told my doctor that I was doing vaccines with our daughter, but that I only wanted one shot at each visit. I really didn't have any basis for this, it just seemed like one shot was more than enough.

Going in I was pretty moderate when it came to vaccines. I knew that they serve a purpose This book was so great. I feel like I am much more informed about the vaccine issue. I'd heard some bad things about vaccines in the media and from friends, but wasn't sure what I wanted to do.

So I sheepishly told my doctor that I was doing vaccines with our daughter, but that I only wanted one shot at each visit. I really didn't have any basis for this, it just seemed like one shot was more than enough.

Going in I was pretty moderate when it came to vaccines. I knew that they serve a purpose and protect us from some serious diseases. So I already knew I wasn't "anti-vaccine".

I think this book did a very good job of presenting all the facts surrounding vaccines from how they are made, to what is in them, the diseases they protect us against, and the possible side effects. It does so in a straight forward and easy to read manner.

I am in a much better position to take in a vaccine schedule I feel comfortable with to my doctor with dates and even specific brands.

I found the alternative vaccination schedule at the end of the book especially helpful.

Any parent that has heard stuff about the vaccine debate, but isn't sure what to do should read this book. ...more
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Apr 01, 2015

I read this because it seems my peer group is all about Dr. Sears, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. First of all, this is not the Dr. Sears famous for writing about attachment parenting. I learned that there are actually several Dr. Sears that write books. Secondly, this guy is a board certified pediatrician. He is not specially trained above and beyond any other pediatrician in public health and does not conduct research. He has zero credentials that make him more worthy of any I read this because it seems my peer group is all about Dr. Sears, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. First of all, this is not the Dr. Sears famous for writing about attachment parenting. I learned that there are actually several Dr. Sears that write books. Secondly, this guy is a board certified pediatrician. He is not specially trained above and beyond any other pediatrician in public health and does not conduct research. He has zero credentials that make him more worthy of any other pediatrician.

The book discusses each disease process and the vaccines that are used to prevent them. It is well designed and easy to read without fancy language.

On to the content. Dr. Sears spends much of the book stating that there is not enough research to support the current vaccine schedule. His complaints are that there have not been double blind studies with control groups and that the research does not support the various additives or stacked dosing. He leads up to suggesting an alternative schedule, which, ironically, is not supported by research. We should just trust him. Following his schedule would also require many more pediatrician visits, which he admits at one point is a financial conflict of interest. He largely glosses over things like herd immunity, availability/cost of vaccines, and issues with payers. He references, and therefore gives credibility to, research that has been debunked. He discredits research done concerning aluminum intake, saying that comparing oral intake to an IM injection is apples to oranges, but then uses research about aluminum in tpn in people with impaired renal function to support his opinion. Definitely not apples to apples there, either.

Overall, this is not a good reference book. Go to a board certified pediatrician that knows you and your community. I would not recommend this as a resource for vaccine guidance. ...more
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Feb 02, 2009

A must read for moms! Very informative and non biased. Gives good info so the reader can INFORMED decisions.
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Feb 22, 2009

I've had questions about vaccinations for my kids and this answered them very well. It goes through each one and talks about what diseases the different vaccinations prevent and the possible problems with vaccinations. I now feel much more informed about the subject and feel more comfortable with the choices I am making with my own schedule I have chosen to use to vaccinate my kids.
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Dec 29, 2014

I found the information helpful and reassuring that I am making the right choices for my family. I will keep the book as a reference. I don't agree with some of the alternative vaccine schedules. If the disease is not serious and not high risk of contagiousness, why should it be kept on an alternative schedule? Parents looking for alternative schedules are trying to limit or postpone unnecessary vaccines. For example rotavirus is basically the stomach bug and our Dr. said you will get it I found the information helpful and reassuring that I am making the right choices for my family. I will keep the book as a reference. I don't agree with some of the alternative vaccine schedules. If the disease is not serious and not high risk of contagiousness, why should it be kept on an alternative schedule? Parents looking for alternative schedules are trying to limit or postpone unnecessary vaccines. For example rotavirus is basically the stomach bug and our Dr. said you will get it vaccinated or not. ...more
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Jun 22, 2013

I like how he doesn't tell you what to do but just gives you lots of information to be able to make informed decisions about your child. I didn't know anything about vaccines prior to reading this book and I liked how easy it was to read and how he breaks everything down into easy to understand language. I will definitely do more research over the next few months but this is a must read if you are at all curious about what vaccines are made of, when they're administered, what they are protecting I like how he doesn't tell you what to do but just gives you lots of information to be able to make informed decisions about your child. I didn't know anything about vaccines prior to reading this book and I liked how easy it was to read and how he breaks everything down into easy to understand language. I will definitely do more research over the next few months but this is a must read if you are at all curious about what vaccines are made of, when they're administered, what they are protecting against, and what side effects are associated with each vaccine. ...more
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Oct 24, 2009

This was not the most interesting book (how could it be?), but it was extremely helpful. Sears is pro-vaccine, but he takes a very thorough and cautious look at each of the vaccines on the recommended schedule for babies and children. I have a much better sense about what the major concerns are (my main one after reading is actually aluminum) and how the whole autism debate factors in. Sears also provides some excellent practicals for getting a child's body in the optimal condition for handling This was not the most interesting book (how could it be?), but it was extremely helpful. Sears is pro-vaccine, but he takes a very thorough and cautious look at each of the vaccines on the recommended schedule for babies and children. I have a much better sense about what the major concerns are (my main one after reading is actually aluminum) and how the whole autism debate factors in. Sears also provides some excellent practicals for getting a child's body in the optimal condition for handling the vaccines and flushing out any toxins that accompany them. ...more
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Jul 30, 2017

Now that I've been practicing in Oregon for a couple years, I read this book to learn what my patients are talking about when they say they read something that makes them afraid of vaccines. This book is easy to read and would definitely leave the layperson feeling uneasy. I am not sold on his obsession with the aluminum content in vaccines, which is low compared to various food and cosmetic products we use. The author says he is pro-vaccine, but his presentation in this book does not come that Now that I've been practicing in Oregon for a couple years, I read this book to learn what my patients are talking about when they say they read something that makes them afraid of vaccines. This book is easy to read and would definitely leave the layperson feeling uneasy. I am not sold on his obsession with the aluminum content in vaccines, which is low compared to various food and cosmetic products we use. The author says he is pro-vaccine, but his presentation in this book does not come that way. He stokes the fear of vaccines by highlighting ingredients and downplays the diseases, at one point referring to meningococcus as uncommon because he has only seen it once (I've seen it over 20 times in 7 years), and referring to HiB and pneumococcus as usually not serious. Sears has a vested interest in selling his book and his alternate schedule, so I perceive him as intellectually dishonest. ...more
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Dec 07, 2011

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate... that is the hotly debated question. Unfortunately is is a very difficult one to make a decision about due to the absolute polarity of all information. No source even tries to be unbiased. The two camps are very much at war making any material so tainted as to be useless.

Dr Sears has set about to create, as much as possible, an unbiased look at vaccinations. He does not answer the 'should you or should you not' question. Instead he looks at each vaccination in To vaccinate or not to vaccinate... that is the hotly debated question. Unfortunately is is a very difficult one to make a decision about due to the absolute polarity of all information. No source even tries to be unbiased. The two camps are very much at war making any material so tainted as to be useless.

Dr Sears has set about to create, as much as possible, an unbiased look at vaccinations. He does not answer the 'should you or should you not' question. Instead he looks at each vaccination in turn and discusses its purpose, pros and cons.

Ultimately I get the impression that he is advocating that parents review the data and selectively vaccinate, though he takes great pains not to cross into either the pro or anti vaccination camps.

Although this book is written for Americans (and Australia is not nessecarily the same), I still think this is compulsory reading for anyone serious about making an informed decision for themselves. ...more
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Jun 12, 2009

I think this book is a must-read for any parent. Usually when you tell people you're reading a book because you want to know more about vaccines, they think you're some kind of nut who doesn't want to vaccinate your child. The approach of this book, however, is to inform parents so that they can make educated decisions about which vaccines to give their children, when to give them, and what the ingredients and potential side effects are of each vaccine. We had some concerns about the effects of I think this book is a must-read for any parent. Usually when you tell people you're reading a book because you want to know more about vaccines, they think you're some kind of nut who doesn't want to vaccinate your child. The approach of this book, however, is to inform parents so that they can make educated decisions about which vaccines to give their children, when to give them, and what the ingredients and potential side effects are of each vaccine. We had some concerns about the effects of aluminum toxicity and this book was very helpful in explaining which vaccines contain aluminum and what can be done to minimize the possibility of toxic aluminum buildup. After reading this book, we developed a vaccination schedule for our daughter that includes all of the vaccines, but spaces them in a way that minimizes potential health risks. Even if you aren't interested in altering the vaccination schedule for your child, the book includes helpful information about typical and atypical side effects that help parents know what to expect when their children are vaccinated. ...more
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May 08, 2009

I still haven't decided what vaccines Arthur should have - if any - but Dr. Sears thoughtful and well researched book certainly helped clarify a lot of the issues for me. Of all the reading I have done about vaccines (both for and against) this book comes the closest to being actually neutral information, as well as fairly complete and very understandable information.

Those of you who haven't read the ingredients and possible side-effects of vaccines can't really grasp how important that last I still haven't decided what vaccines Arthur should have - if any - but Dr. Sears thoughtful and well researched book certainly helped clarify a lot of the issues for me. Of all the reading I have done about vaccines (both for and against) this book comes the closest to being actually neutral information, as well as fairly complete and very understandable information.

Those of you who haven't read the ingredients and possible side-effects of vaccines can't really grasp how important that last statement is. Vaccine ingredients are often confusing, "non-active" ingredients might not be included (and these could include all manner of yucky things), and as we all know, medical language is not always the most crystaline. Dr. Sears took the time to find out these details, as well as the time to do the probability math, so anyone making this decision can get a clear view of what the decision actually entails.

If you've got to make this decision, this is the book for reference. He got the name right. It actually is THE Vaccine Book.

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Nov 30, 2011

This book is a great resource for parents who want to better understand the risks of disease, what modern vaccines do, how they are made, and what they are made of. Dr. Bob is not anti-vaccines; quite the opposite, in fact. However, he believes, as I do, that parents should understand what they are giving their kids, make fully-informed decisions regarding their healthcare, and have the right to develop a personalized vaccine schedule for their children rather than accept a cookie-cutter This book is a great resource for parents who want to better understand the risks of disease, what modern vaccines do, how they are made, and what they are made of. Dr. Bob is not anti-vaccines; quite the opposite, in fact. However, he believes, as I do, that parents should understand what they are giving their kids, make fully-informed decisions regarding their healthcare, and have the right to develop a personalized vaccine schedule for their children rather than accept a cookie-cutter solution while still taking into account public health concerns.

Dr. Bob "translates" the product inserts for each of the childhood vaccines on the CDC's recommended schedule and then adds his own perspective as a pediatrician and father. Each chapter is very detailed while remaining very readable (unlike the actual product inserts, I'm sure!) For those not completely comfortable with the CDC schedule (for a variety of legitimate, logical reasons), he provides alternative schedules each with several variations.

Whether you plan to follow the standard schedule, are looking for an alternative schedule, or are skeptical about vaccines, I highly recommend this book. ...more
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Oct 10, 2011

What are the facts about vaccines? What are the risks vs. the benefits? Do you follow the standard schedule, or do you have options?

Our birth class teacher loaned us Dr. Robert Sears' The Vaccine Book, and I devoured it. The balanced information presented pros, cons and plain-language facts and commentary about vaccines for children. My wife and I are using this info to drive our decisions to how we want our child vaccinated.

What I especially like about this book: Sears makes clear what he is What are the facts about vaccines? What are the risks vs. the benefits? Do you follow the standard schedule, or do you have options?

Our birth class teacher loaned us Dr. Robert Sears' The Vaccine Book, and I devoured it. The balanced information presented pros, cons and plain-language facts and commentary about vaccines for children. My wife and I are using this info to drive our decisions to how we want our child vaccinated.

What I especially like about this book: Sears makes clear what he is and is not going to do in the book. He doesn't discuss mercury in depth, because mercury has been removed except for negligible trace amounts. He isn't writing an anti-vaccine book, because the market is flooded with anti-vaccine info. And he isn't going to tell you what to do.

What he does do is present a balanced case that any layperson can follow, and feel prepared and educated to make decisions for their their family. He also lists standard vaccine schedules and alternate vaccine schedules.

I highly recommend this book for any parent or parent-to-be trying to cut through fear-based info, conspiracy theories, confusing medical info, and tangles of opinions. The Vaccine Book is a calm, helpful voice that will guide you to an educated decision. ...more
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Oct 28, 2012

I picked this up because in our search for a pediatrician everyone (midwives, friends, acquaintances) said that a big decision point for most people was the pediatrician's opinion on vaccinations. Turned out, I didn't have an opinion on vaccinations.

After reading Dr. Sears's book, I still can't say that I have many strong opinions on the subject, but at least I know that I am well informed. He lays out the information concisely, in easily digestible sections, and gives very even keeled I picked this up because in our search for a pediatrician everyone (midwives, friends, acquaintances) said that a big decision point for most people was the pediatrician's opinion on vaccinations. Turned out, I didn't have an opinion on vaccinations.

After reading Dr. Sears's book, I still can't say that I have many strong opinions on the subject, but at least I know that I am well informed. He lays out the information concisely, in easily digestible sections, and gives very even keeled information about what each vaccine is for; how often the disease is found; how likely your child is to have an adverse reaction to the vaccine AND how likely an unvaccinated child would have a severe case of the disease if caught; how the vaccine is made and any controversial ingredients; why or why not people choose to vaccinate for that disease; and finally, his opinion as a long practicing doctor. Never does he preach and never does he give a firm yes or no to any vaccine.

Even if you're like me and plan to vaccinate but maybe on a slightly (very slightly) modified schedule, but otherwise don't have a strong feeling one way or another, this book is very good to inform you as a new parent. Very happy I read it. ...more
4

Feb 01, 2013

Had to read through this one really quickly given some limited time to make choices for our little one. I liked how it was divided up into the major vaccines, gave statistics on currently known risks for each infection as well as side-effects seen in the vaccines. The book even dealt with some of the common worries about vaccine components.

I will say that eventually the book came down to Dr. Sears' opinions of what he felt was important and not important. That was the least helpful part of the Had to read through this one really quickly given some limited time to make choices for our little one. I liked how it was divided up into the major vaccines, gave statistics on currently known risks for each infection as well as side-effects seen in the vaccines. The book even dealt with some of the common worries about vaccine components.

I will say that eventually the book came down to Dr. Sears' opinions of what he felt was important and not important. That was the least helpful part of the book. In particular was a hyper-focus on injected aluminum, when it might have been nicer to have more discussion on other virus components or recently found contamination by other viruses/bacteria in some of the vaccines recently pulled from the market.

However, even with my reservations above, the quick informative nature of the book (prevalence and severity of various diseases) and alternative methods for vaccinations (that limit injected aluminum, or limit total stress on immune-system) help to bridge the gap between those who have complete assurance in current vaccine formulation and those who would never vaccinate their children due to un-necessary fear.

Ultimately I feel this book will lead to more vaccinations for those parents who have unease about the current vaccine schedules. It does not however discuss the more finer points that are often discussed re: MMR and other issues (aborted human fetal cell lines etc.)

For a quick read when under short time pressures, as well as a generalized overview that can get you started digging through more technical publications, this is a great start. I'm glad we got the book and glad I spent some time with it. ...more

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