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The Vaccine Book – Book Review

The Vaccine Book – Book Review

When my son was born I was alarmed by the large quantity of vaccines I was expected to pump into his tiny, developing body.  I am generally in favor of vaccines – they’ve saved countless lives and I’m grateful that they’re available.  But the sheer quantity (sometimes more than 6 at a time when you include combination vaccines) at such a young age instinctively got my guard up.  Some of the vaccines were clearly important but others I struggled to make sense of.  The new recommendations include twice as many vaccines as I received as a child and I was determined to make an informed decision about which vaccines my son would (and would not) receive.

I started doing research online and many of the sites and articles referred to The Vaccine Book by Dr. Robert Sears.  So I picked up a copy of the book and it was really helpful.  Its chapters are based on the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommended Vaccine Schedule – each discusses a different vaccine in the schedule.  It describes the disease, how serious it is,  how treatable, it’s recommended schedule, it’s ingredients, potential side affects, controversies and reasons why and why not to get the vaccine.  The tone is respectful and informational.  He gives his opinion but acknowledges that children and situations vary.  So what’s right for one person may not be for another.

In the end I decided to get most of recommended vaccines, although I put my son on an alternative schedule so he wasn’t getting so many at a time.  At one of my son’s early pediatrician appointments the doctor really talked down to me when I told her he wouldn’t be receiving the full array of shots that day.  Fortunately I was armed with enough information to defend my position and hold my ground.  I then promptly found a new doctor who is respectful of my concerns and treats me like an active partner in my son’s health, not a negligent parent to be dictated to.

I recommend this book as a solid starting point for conversations with your doctor.  It provides you with a foundation of knowledge to help you talk to your doctor and make an educated decision about what is right for your child.  All parents, especially those who have concerns or questions about vaccination can benefit from this book.


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One Response to “The Vaccine Book – Book Review”

  1. Krista Brigidi says:

    Just the information I needed, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of The Vaccine Book!

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