The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library)
The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library)

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With the recent spate of publicity surrounding the possible health risks posed by childhood immunization, parents are no longer simply following doctor's orders and automatically having their children vaccinated. Instead, they are asking questions. The problem is the search for answers only leads parents to conflicting, one-sided information: doctors claim that parents are endangering their child's life if they refuse shots, while radical vaccine opponents claim parents are endangering their child's life if they accept shots. With THE VACCINE BOOK, parents finally have one, fair, impartial, fact-based resource they can turn to for answers. Each chapter will be devoted to a disease/vaccine pair and offer 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. Ultimately, parents will have to make their own informed decisions as Dr. Bob Sears is neither pro-vaccine nor anti-vaccine. But THE VACCINE BOOK will provide exactly the information parents want and need as they make their way through the vaccination maze.

Customer Reviews:

  • Great information, very helpful
    This book was very informative and written in "real person" language. I felt it did a great job of explaining exactly what goes into the vaccines, and allowing me as a parent to form my own opinion in the end. I felt extremely prepared for my daughter's check up after reading this, and would highly recommend it to any parent....more info
  • A very balanced book, does not take sides
    Its hard to leave a negative review for this book. Dr. Sears comes across as someone that has the personal integrity, that, unfortunately, seems to be lacking in some of the people in the medical profession. He presents the relevant sources for his arguments. He presents both sides of the debate. And he allows the parent to make the final decision instead of bamboozling him or her into making an all or nothing choice....more info
  • Very Informative
    This is a very informative book and I would suggest reading this book if you have questions about vaccines. ...more info
  • Really helps mom and dad make wise decisions
    I purchased this book for my niece and she not only said it was extremely helpful for their family in making decisions about immunizations but that their doctor had heard great things about it and definitely intended to read it. My niece was thrilled to receive this book. ...more info
  • Must have! Especially for new parents!!
    I really wish that this book would've been referred to me by every physician that I had to see when becoming pregnant. My OBGYN and then after giving birth; my Pediatrician! I would've changed the way I did things with my baby! Why would we be ok with givng our baby/child all of these chemicals when they have a hard enough time dealing with digesting milk! Makes sense doesn't it!? This book gives alternatives, and we have rights! Thanks for listening! ...more info
  • Just find a good Pediatrician
    If you are sitting on the fence on vaxing, this book with nail your bum to the wood. I had an easier time understanding the pros and cons of all the vaccines just by requesting an interview with little one's pediatrician. He understood our concers and customized a vax schedule especially for us. We seperated some vaccines that were high in Aluminium and combined some that meant fewer antigens going in little one's system at a time....more info
  • Very Informative & Helpful
    This is a great book because it is neither for vaccines nor against them-it just presents as much information as possible and leads the reader to his or her own conclusion. Now I feel a bit educated on the issue when my son's pediatrician presents his "convincing" side of the story (pro- all vaccines).

    The most helpful parts of the book are Dr. Sear's Selective & Alternative vaccine schedules. This informs parents of their options besides (1) getting all vaccines on the AAP's schedule, or (2) declining all vaccines....more info
  • The best book on the subject so far
    The main reason I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand the pros and cons of vaccinations for their child is not only because the information is excellent, but just as importantly it is written objectively.

    The author never comes across as trying to convince the reader of a particular viewpoint, he presents facts and research, (but will still give his opinion on it), while encouraging you to make your own. He lists several different options for vaccination schedules, which was very helpful to us as we then had one to give to our doctor and go by.

    Of course your pediatrician may not agree with any modifications to their vaccination schedule, which was our case, but this book helped greatly there as well. I was able to have a well educated discussion with our doctor about why I felt the way I did, and presented facts that Dr. Sears includes in the book (such as the aluminum concerns), that our pediatrician didn't even know about. As a result, our doctor saw that we had done our homework, that we were not simply reacting to paranoia in the media, and we've had a relationship of mutual respect ever since. We are putting our son through the more gradual vaccination schedule that this book includes. There are also options for parents who want to fully vaccinate and those who are considering not vaccinating at all.

    Best of luck, it's a difficult subject, but this book makes it much more approachable....more info
  • a good start
    This book compiles information that is a good beginning when trying to learn about vaccinations and whether or not they're right for you and your child. Not the difinitive guide though....more info
  • A must read for all parents
    A must read!! If you just want the facts on the vaccines that are being used today, this is the book for you. It will give you the answers you need to make the right decision on what vaccines to use and when. Love this book....more info
  • Best vaccine book I have read.
    The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library)

    This is possibly the most unbiased vaccine book that I have read. It's my vaccine bible! I refer to it all the time....more info
  • My Experience An Exception?
    Is my experience with non-vaccination unique? Not according to many of my friends; not according to my research. I am a retired nurse, who has raised 5 unvaccinated children - who, in turn, are not vaccinating THEIR children. My children attended public school, have traveled Internationally as missionaries - to Africa, Russia, China, Israel, South America (Venezuela, Panama, etc), as well as France, England, Ireland, etc. I never had a "Religious" or "Medical" exemption, living in Wisconsin, Illinois, New Mexico. A personal exemption was always accepted. Sometimes there was pressure - usually because the third party knew NOTHING about vaccines, or vaccine exemption - and sometimes I had to "take matters into my own hands", once calling the African embassy in New York for an exemption form (freely given).

    Parents, you CAN do it - please don't let anyone intimidate you into thinking you are on the "Lunatic Fringe" (a cheap cop-out expression from ignorant "professionals"); and please get all the knowledge you can on the subject. Dr. Sears book can be an important part of that research.

    By the way, my children were (and are!) so healthy, the only time one of them saw a doctor, was when a clavical was broken, and for a serious case of poison ivy (...don't think there's a vaccine for that yet...). My four grandchildren are also enjoying a vaccine-free life.

    We'll see? Yes, we'll see - and my biggest desire is that someday SOON the medical world will do a NEUTRAL study on unvaccinated children - it will be a shocker, and the health of our Nation will be on the mend....more info
  • The Vaccine Book
    This is an unfortunate attempt to exploit the panic and fear regarding childhood vaccinations. The author has done no scientific studies himself and selectively references studies that are poorly done or taken out of context. He also suggests complicated vaccination schedules that have not been researched to demonstrate their efficacy or lack thereof. I suggest every physician who is struggling with parents refusing to protect their children by vaccination read this book (get a used copy) in order to counter Dr. Sears arguments. The CDC and AAP have much better information on their websites regarding vaccines, and I refer parents to those sites for information as well as handing out a comprehensive information booklet to them. This is yet another economic exploitation of the Lunatic Fringe....more info
  • Love this book!
    This book has educated me very much on vaccines! I thought that I already knew enough about the topic, since I have studied biochemistry and some medicine, but there was so much that I had no idea about.
    I wish I had had this book when my daughter was born, she was almost a year when I changed to Dr. Sear's vaccine schedule, but I still feel so much better about it now.
    Vaccinating is important, but giving my baby shots against 11 diseases at once at 2, 4 & 6 months of age just didn't seem right! Again, I should have known about this book earlier.

    The book is easy to read and understand, while still containing all the scientific information you want. Dr. Sears doesn't tell you what to do, instead presents the facts and different options.

    Please take the time to educate yourselves on vaccines!...more info
  • Excellent Source of Balanced Information
    I appreciated Dr. Sears' balanced perspective toward vaccines as written in this book. It is thoroughly informative and really presents the various vaccine options clearly and concisely. The author's medical perspective does shine through, as he encourages various vaccinations for the good of the general populace, but it is clear that he is writing the book for individuals who are considering the good of their own children first, and I appreciate that.

    I had already been set against vaccines before reading this book, but I carefully reconsidered each option in the reading of the book, and I feel that a person who doesn't know anything about vaccines could pick up this information and choose entirely for or against vaccines or land somewhere in the middle, just based on this book. For that reason and because it has made me feel much more confident in my own decisions, I would recommend this book to any parent or parent-to-be who is interested in getting facts, not propaganda. A lot of vaccines have changed their ingredients in the last ten years, and it is very helpful to have that updated information; mercury, for example, has been all but totally removed. For my own part, I feel that the levels of aluminum in the three shots that I considered are still way too high and not worth the risk when it comes to injecting them into an infant, but I like that someone else could read the book and come to a completely different conclusion.

    I notice that of those people who rate this book poorly, the camp seems to be rather evenly divided between those who say Dr. Sears is too pro-vaccine and those who say he is too anti-vaccine. That seems to show that he has done a good job of presenting the case fairly....more info
  • The Vaccine book
    This is an extremely informative book about each disease and the vaccine for it. If you are unsure about vaccinating your baby I would definitely recommend this book. Each disease is broken down so you can fully understand what the disease is, how serious it is, how it is transmitted and how common it is now. The vaccines are also broken down so you can read all the "stuff" they actually put in them. Dr. Sears also gives his own "alternative" vaccination schedule, although I think that should just be a suggestion and you as the parents or guardians should make that final decision on what vaccines you want your child to have, if any at all. ...more info
  • Hack!
    The Sears family runs their private practive in SoCal where they are well known as hustlers always looking for a new way to squeeze a few more bucks from anxious and often desperate parents (e.g., hawking their books and bogus overpriced multilevel-marketed vitamin supplements).

    Sears' latest is book is useless for anyone who is seeking reliable scientific information on the topic. There is no sound logic to any of Sears' claims and he makes no effort to properly review the available scientific evidence. Many of his claims are completely false and contradicted by sound scientific evidence. He is just capitalizing on parents' fears of vaccines without sorting fact from fiction.

    I need no further evidence of this book's lack of value than this -- an unprecedented article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics denouncing Sears' book for fear mongering, shoddy science, and lack of insight.

    Shame on Sears for writing this such a poor quality book. He seems to care about one thing and one thing only -- and it isn't the health of our children - it's about stuffing money into his own pocket at everyone else's expense.
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  • Excellent resource for anyone concerned about vaccines
    I read this over about 3 weeks just before my 3 month old's 2nd round of vaccines. Its proven to be an excellent resource, providing a great unbiased view regarding vaccines and plenty of extra reading material with all of the cited references. I highly recommend reading this one if you have an interest in vaccines....more info
  • good, informational and educational book
    as a mom who opted out of vaccinations for her child, this book provided with me clear, UNbiased medical information about every vaccine the AAP recommends. though i chose the road less traveled, Dr. Sears does give good reasons for most vaccines, but the medical info provided did not happen to encourage me to shoot my kid up with monkey kidney cells, fetal cow serum and wayyyyyyyyyy too much aluminum. i recommend this book for all parents who care about the health and safety of their newborn....more info
  • Even-handed and easy to read
    As a writer specializing in autism and developmental delays, I am frequently asked for advice about safe vaccination. I am so impressed I am with the job that Dr. Sears has done with this book. It is thoroughly researched and well-organized. Most importantly, it is easy to read.

    I especially appreciate the fact that Dr. Sears kept his tone neutral throughout the book, making it possible for parents and professionals to make informed decisions without feeling alienated because of their beliefs. This is a book I will be recommending to those inside and outside of the autism community. I cannot think of a better gift for expecting parents....more info
  • First Time Mom
    I am a first time mom who had many questions about vaccines. This book was very informative and gave a lot of information about each vaccine so you can make the decision about giving it to your child. The book does not try and lead you in any direction....more info
  • Great information guide to make smart decissions
    I like the book very much, great information, book is structured and good to read and understand....more info
  • Objective information
    I must preface this review with the disclosure that I am personally in agreement with much of the information and views presented in the Sears' parenting library. I have been reading this book as I prepare to have my second child vaccinated. I will have my children vaccinated because we travel internationally to the developing world where diseases that are not common in the U.S. are still present, however, I am planning on a modified schedule due to information I am now aware of that contraindicates (in my opinion, based on my research) the CDC schedule. My first child, who is now four years old, was vaccinated using the schedule recommended by the CDC, which I have since come to be somewhat skeptical of. I appreciate the objectivity with with Dr. Sears presents information about the vaccination schedule. Perhaps more importantly I appreciate his objective assessment of the risks involved in vaccinating or not vaccinating for the different diseases. If you are also interested in knowing more about the pros and cons of the myriad vaccinations this is a good resource for your library. Based on additional research I have done on the subject Dr. Sear's book is a valuable resource for your library. ...more info
  • Great Resource, but do NOT Read This Book By Itself!
    Vaccination is perhaps the most important decision you will have to make regarding the health of your children. If you don't give a shot your child could get very sick, if you do give a shot your child could get very sick.

    With so much at stake, it is imperative that parents research the issue themselves before vaccinating.

    Yet I, like most parents, did not. Why? Because as a healthcare provider myself, I blindly trusted my child's pediatrician. I didn't realize that they had been misinformed. And this is why parents must educate themselves about the vaccinations themselves and the diseases they are designed to prevent.

    I would absolutely read Dr Sears' "Vaccine Book" first. This book will allow you to decide which diseases still pose a threat to your child and which do not.

    Once you are sure which diseases you would like to immunize your child from, you will need to continue researching just a bit more about the vaccines themselves.

    Dr. Sears does an EXCELLENT job of identifying which horrific chemicals are contained in which vaccination. (THANK YOU DR SEARS!!!) However, in my humble maternal opinion, he downplays the threat these chemicals may pose. For example,the threat of injecting things like aluminum directly into the bloodstream where they bypass usual detoxification pathways and have direct access to the brain.

    The bottom line is that parents need to understand BOTH the threat of the diseases AND the risks of the vaccines. Only then can they make an educated guess. (It is a guess after all, I mean, really, who can say for sure whether your child will have a problem with the disease or the vaccine! Aside from God, of course!)

    A great book for understanding the risks of vaccines is Evidence of Harm by David Kirby. If you don' t want a whole book about vaccine dangers and would rather spend your money learning about vaccine dangers as well as where other hazards lurk in your home then check out "Holler for Your Health". (Note conflict of interest: I wrote this one!) (Hey, but Rachael Ray requested a copy and it has great reviews so there is some non- biased info other than me saying it is a good choice!) Good luck with your decision. Remember, no one has a right to make it but you, and you have an obligation to your children to learn, so get reading! Remember God helps those who help themselves. Keep your kids healthy! Teresa info
  • great book for any parent concerned about vaccination
    I concur with the overwhelming reviews on this book from the other readers. Unlike Dr. Offits book which is very unbalanced. Dr. Sears gives you a solid book full of info to help you make these tough decisions. Everyones situation is different. For example I didn't vaccinate until 11 months because my baby did not go to day care, so his risks of catching anything were greatly reduced. Now I feel that I can select those vaccines that are more important and give them slowly one at a time instead of the normal schedule. Some people think that their kids are healthy because they vaccinate others think the opposite. Each person should be allowed to do what they think is best for their children....more info
  • borrow don't buy
    I love a lot of Dr Sears books and recommend them to people, especially The Baby Book. I mostly wanted this one to see his suggested alternative schedules for vaccinations, so I borrowed it from the library first to see if there was enough else in there to justify buying it. There wasn't - it was a quick interesting read, but not something to keep on my shelf for reference. I recommend borrowing a copy from the library or a friend rather than buying it.

    FYI - in the end I decided to follow the standard schedule for vaccinating my babies and not one of the alternatives....more info
  • Very Informative!!!
    It's a good read for parents who are concerned about the whole "Should I, Shouldn't I?" sitch with vaccines. ...more info
  • Wonderful Resource for Parents... and Pediatricians
    As a fellow pediatrician, I frequently recommend Dr. Bob Sears' "The Vaccine Book" to families in my practice. It is one of the most balanced, clearly written guides to one of the hottest topics of our times. All new parents are looking for information about vaccines so they can make informed decisions about their babies' health, and Dr. Bob's book is top of the list. - Lawrence D. Rosen, MD FAAP ( info
  • Every parent NEEDS this book
    If you have kids, buy this book. It is an amazing reference to what doctors are suggesting for vaccinations. It gives a pro/con approach, suggested alternatives, and an in depth review of each vaccination. A DOCTOR wrote this book with intense research and not some actress who based her opinion of vaccinations via a post hoc ergo propter hoc approach. Don't put your children at risk, know what is being put into them....more info
  • balanced, thoughtful and informative
    The Vaccine book was so enlightening, in that there are so many things I realize that we just don't ask questions about... like what is being injected into my child's body?

    I feel like this book isn't pushy in one direction or another, but will help my husband and I to make our own, informed decision about vaccination scheduling.
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  • vaccine book
    very helpful book . read more than once. Deciding to vaccinate your kids isnt neccessarily a yes or no decision. I feel much more educated about my decisions after reading this book. ...more info
  • A great tool for parents in making their OWN decision about vaccines
    This is perhaps the best gift you can give to a set of an expectant parents. Why? It will define vaccines, their implications so that parents can make their OWN CHOICE regarding vaccines.

    What is not acceptable is to assume one size fits all children. Dr Bob Sears does an excellent job defining choice and information for families. Will the child be breastfed? go to preschool? will the family travel? what is the family health history? All important factors in making the decision about vaccine schedule for your child.

    While I don't agree with all aspects of the book and its findings (which would be rare for me indeed) I do agree it is an excellent resource for families that are looking at 36 vaccines by age three for their baby. After reading this book, parents will know the right choice for their family.

    Thanks Dr Bob!...more info
  • The Vaccine Book
    I ordered this book because I wanted to understand what all the different vaccines were and whether or not my son needed them or not. It's a great reference book if you don't understand the purpose of the different vaccinations necessary for your child. It's been a very helpful book. I would definitely recommend this book....more info
  • It's the only book you need to make vaccine decisions that are right for you.
    I bought "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations" and Dr. Sear's "Vaccine Book" from Amazon. I was a mom who didn't want to skip vaccinations all together but was very concerned about giving my baby too many chemicals and who knows what else. I had a lot of questions and picked these two books because I thought they'd be the best.

    I tried to read "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You" but didn't get too far. It had a hysterical, "beware!!" tone to it, and I felt like I couldn't necessarily trust the author's perspective. It was very quickly apparent that the book is anti-vaccine. It is the perfect book to convince someone on the fence to skip vaccinations (and scare them to death in the process) and the perfect book to reaffirm the beliefs of someone who already thinks all vaccinations are the greater risk. There are little stories throughout the book of babies and children whose poor, hapless parents thought they were doing the right thing getting their kids vaccinated when actually, the vaccinations caused horrible, frightening things to happen. I put this book away because I didn't want to be scared to death of all the horrible things that could happen (but probably wouldn't); I wanted balanced information that would help me make a good decision.

    Fortunately, I also had "The Vaccine Book." Dr. Sear's "Vaccine Book" presented the information in an easy-to-read, balanced way that answered my big questions: "Which vaccines does my baby really need, and how should I go about this?" He told me just how great the risks were, what chemicals were in each vaccine, helped me weigh the cost/benefit of each vaccine, and answered all my big questions. I went into my pediatrician's office prepared, knowing what I wanted. Pediatricians don't have time to answer all your questions if you have a lot of concerns, like I did, and this book is perfect for that. I ended up following Dr. Sear's Alternative Vaccination Schedule where you split up the vaccinations and only do the ones really necessary. For parents who don't want to vaccinate at all, he also includes a schedule that will vaccinate babies and kids for only the most dire diseases. This is the "if you avoid all else, at least do these vaccines" schedule. And, of course, there is the recommended schedule included, the one with every vaccine and the time frame recommended by the government. Dr. Sears is cautious but optimistic, informative without using scare tactics. I'm so grateful I have this book.

    So, I definitely recommend "The Vaccine Book." It is good for basically all types of parents who care about their kids: the full-steam-ahead, full vaccination parents; the on-the-fence, concerned parents; and the no-thank-you, no-way parents. It provides great information. "The Vaccine Book" is the only book you'll need to make decisions about how to proceed with vaccinations. Also, Dr. Sears has a great blog he keeps updated about vaccines.

    Reading this book made me feel confident in Dr. Sears' authority; he felt like a knowledgeable, caring dr. I could trust. I hope this review helps....more info
  • overwhelming
    Vaccines are such an issue these days. I loved that this book really talked about the pros and cons of each vaccine but it was a bit overwhelming. In the end I felt like I really didn't know what to do. I like the educational value of this book, but be prepared! ...more info


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