***COMPLETELY REVISED AND UPDATED IN 2019***
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.
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.
THE book to read on vaccines
This is by far the most informative, unbiased source of information on vaccines I have found. Anyone who is unsure about vaccinating and/or just needs to learn more before deciding whether or not they are going to fully vaccinate should read this book.
A huge help
I recently gave birth to my first born and as any concerned mother was absolutely mortified to vaccinate do to the bad press. I feel much better after reading this book as I feel much more knowledgable about the risks and benefits of vaccinating. After researching on my own through countless articles pro vs. anti, it only created more frustration and left me more confused and misinformed than ever. I am grateful to have come across such easy to read and informational material. This is defiantly a book to keep for future reference and hope Dr. Sears continues his research as vaccination schedules may change overtime, or new worthy research has been presented.
Breathe of fresh air
When doing research as to whether my wife and I should vaccinate I found myself frustrated and stressed out over contradictory articles all over the internet. This book left me feeling relieved and at peace with the decision we made because I was able to read about every vaccine broken down in a truly non-biased way. Sure Dr sears makes it clear that he is pro-vaccine, however, he makes it very clear that everyone has the right to choose. Unlike online articles that label you as a lunatic for not vaccinating or calling you brain washed for vaccinating your children.
Truly a great informative read and worth every penny.