The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child

Robert Sears, Author
Robert Sears, Author Little Brown and Company $13.99 (278p) ISBN 978-0-316-01750-3
Reviewed on: 10/01/2007
Release date: 10/01/2007
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Sears, coauthor of several books in the Sears Parenting series, addresses one of today's most controversial and worrisome questions. Sears' goal is ""to give you a balanced look at pros and cons of vaccination so that you can make an educated decision."" Sears does not advocate for or rail against vaccination, stating it doesn't have to be an all or nothing decision-there are choices. The first 12 chapters discuss each vaccination in the childhood series, providing explanation of the relative disease, how the vaccine is made and points to assess a child's at-risk level when considering if the vaccine is necessary. Sears does offer guidance for those who are indecisive, offering his opinion based on clinical experience and 13 years of research taken from product inserts, pediatric reference books, articles and databases. Additional chapters illuminate more controversial aspects of the debate, such as how vaccine safety is researched and what the findings are, side effects and how to minimize them, common myths and questions. As always, Sears' tone puts readers at ease as he clearly explains medical terms and elucidates debates.
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