The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child

The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child

by Robert W. Sears MD

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Overview

From the most trusted name in pediatrics — a completely revised and updated guide to navigating the childcare question of the decade: should I vaccinate my child?

The Vaccine Book
offers parents a fair, impartial, fact-based resource from the most trusted name in pediatrics. Dr. Bob devotes each chapter in the book to a disease/vaccine pair and offers a comprehensive discussion of what the disease is, how common or rare it is, how serious or harmless it is, the ingredients of the vaccine, and any possible side effects from the vaccine. This completely revised edition offers

· updated information on each vaccine and disease

· more detail on vaccines' side effects

· expanded discussions of combination vaccines

· a new section on adult vaccines

· additional options for alternative vaccine schedules

· a guide to Canadian vaccinations

The Vaccine Book provides exactly the information parents want and need as they make their way through the vaccination maze.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316180528
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/26/2011
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 86,941
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert W. Sears, MD, is a 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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Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I also pre-ordered this book, and eagerly awaited its arrival. I was not disappointed. So much of the vaccine information I have found has been too anti-vaccine or too pro-vaccine, and I was eager to find someone who offered the facts and a more balanced approach to vaccines. Dr. Sears delivered just that. While this book is NOT anti-vaccine, it also doesn't pretend that vaccines are completely harmless and without any side-effects at all, or that all vaccines are appropriate for all children. I think that overall the best effect of this book was to help dispel some of the misinformation about vaccines and I honestly felt confident and ready to make an appropriate, informed decision regarding my child's vaccine schedule after I finished the book. Instead of making the issue more confusing, I felt much better after reading what Dr. Sears has obviously researched quite thoroughly.
Alaskanmama More than 1 year ago
I've read a few books and this one is the most practical, well written and informative book so far. I love the breakdown given to each drug and the pros and cons of it's use. Since we have chosen an alternative vaccination schedule this has really helped me to figure out when to have my children vaccinated for what.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether you decide to vaccinate your child or not, you should read this book and research what your child is being vaccinated for, what are in those vaccinations and what you can do to prevent any illness or diseased cause by these vaccines. Dr. Sears does an excellent job explaining what each vaccine is for, how many infants/children die from each disease every year, how serious it is, etc. I have read several other vaccine books and nothing comes close to this book. I am always referring to it and I recommend it to all my friends with children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As soon as I heard Dr. Bob Sears would be releasing a book to help parents make vaccine decisions, I pre-ordered it and waited two months for it to be published and arrive on my doorstep. The Vaccine Book was well worth the wait. Finally, I was able to read detailed information about each vaccine choice available for my children. Dr. Sears thoroughly investigates all the options and lays them on the table for parents to decide. I worried that this approach might be a little wishy washy and leave me with more questions than answers, but he manages to get everything out there. I¿ve read plenty of pro-vax and no-vax literature. Most is either staunchly against any immunizations or suggests that parents should ask no questions and just do what the nice doctor says. There are even a few things written somewhere in between, in which the authors present their recommendations. It¿s hard to find something that presents all the facts so parents can make educated decisions. This book did it for me. The Vaccine Book is very readable. Dr. Sears writes in language a layperson like me can easily understand. His conversational style makes it feel like he¿s sitting and talking to me. He¿s even a little funny at times. I especially enjoy his use of Star Trek wisdom 'p. 220'. He goes through each of the 12 standard vaccine choices and answers the same questions for each vaccine-preventable disease: Is it common? Is it serious? Is it treatable? When is the vaccine given? How is the vaccine made? What ingredients are in the final solution? 'Including ¿Are any of these ingredients controversial?¿' What are the side effects? Should you give your baby this vaccine? 'Includes reasons to get it, reasons some people choose not to, travel considerations, and options to consider when getting it.' He ends each chapter with ¿The way I see it¿ summarizing key factors, yet he does not send a message that parents must do it one way or another. He covers special vaccines for travel and combination vaccines that reduce the number of shots given. There¿s a chapter for parents who decide to delay or decline vaccinations and one called ¿What Should I Do Now?¿ He offers Dr. Bob¿s Alternative Vaccine Schedule near the end of the book. It ends with 20 pages of additional resources in which he summarizes journal articles. Reading The Vaccine Book left me confident I could make the right vaccination decisions for each of my children. And a big plus for me: He recognizes breastfeeding as a way to reduce disease risk. On his list of eight ways to boost your child¿s immune system, ¿breastfeed¿ is No. 1. His web site promises online updates to the book as vaccines and data change. There¿s also a forum, blog and other resources.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Sears does a wonderful job giving the risks and benefits of each vaccine, so that parents can make an informed choice for their child. I give this book as a gift to everyone I know having a baby. I only wish I had it before my child was born and vaccine injured...
picklechic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a mother, I sometimes feel overwhelmed with all of the decisions I make as a parent on a daily basis. It is so hard to make the best decisions for your children and you just want them to be happy and healthy. Choosing whether/and how to vaccinate your kids is no easy decision. There is so much biased literature out there and the debate can be very heated. The possible (unproven) risk of autism connected to vaccinating is scary to me. So I chose to read this book because it is written by a well-known doctor, Dr. Sears, and he is neither anti- or pro-vaccination. He describes each vaccine, what it's made of, how it's made, the risks and side effects of it, and much more. He lays out all of the options in a clear, way that any parent could understand. The book also includes 2 alternative vaccination schedules. After reading the book, I have a good idea of which vaccines I want to have administered to my children and when. I now understand which vaccines should not be given together also. This is a book I would recommend to any parent who is struggling with decisions regarding vaccinations.
kellyholmes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I haven't read any other books on vaccines, and after reading this one I really don't feel like I need to. Every other vaccine book I had thumbed through was painfully one-sided--either they would say that if you didn't vaccinate your child on the same schedule as everyone else, you were putting the health of everyone else in the country at risk, or they would say that vaccines are always bad and aren't worth it compared to the diseases they protect against. My feelings on the issue were definitely not at those extremes, and this book presented the issue in a much more balanced way than any other vaccine book I've seen.The author is a doctor, so he definitely has a bias towards vaccines and their use from a public health standpoint, but he's up-front about that. And he recognizes that some parents aren't going to agree with him. Rather than making you feel like a bad parent for making up your own mind, he offers you tools and information so that you can come up with a vaccine decision that's right for your family.He raises some very good questions about aluminum in our vaccines and whether they're at toxic levels--I hope researchers read this book and start studying the issue soon. He also includes an alternative vaccination schedule so you can spread out the vaccines that contain aluminum. And if you're more on the no-vaccine side of the fence, he includes a very selective vaccination schedule that he feels protects against the most serious diseases for young infants, such as pertussis and some diseases that cause meningitis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does a wonderful job at providing unbiased and reliable facts about the vaccine debate
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This book is an absolute must for any parent. This book was recommended to me by my doctor when I had concerns over the number of vaccinations that my baby would receive. That was almost 5 years ago. I have purchased the latest edition for our newest addition to the family. We have been and will continue to follow the alterante schedule offered by Dr Sears. This book is both informative and non biased. It answered the questions that I had and offered an alternative schedule to ease my concerns. I have recommended this book to all of my friends who also have had concerns and questions about vaccinations.
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rr11743 More than 1 year ago
This book is so great. It is so informative and really helps you understand vaccines and the diseases they prevent, how they are made, what ingredients are controversial and why, reactions your baby may have, what questions to ask your doctor, and more. I only wish I read it before I had my baby, as I would have done things differently from the start. I have a lot of respect for the Sears family of doctors and am so glad I got this book. I will be doing things differently with this baby going forward and if I should have another baby, I will be doing things differently from the start. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking into vaccines, I highly recommend the Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears. The book is full of important information about the vaccine, how it is made, and what it treats. Not a biased book.
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This book was recommended to me by my pediatrician and I am very glad she did! I have read several books on this subject and this is the most unbiased and informative. I feel confident and can now make an informed decision about vaccines.
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