This comprehensive guide reviews the pros and cons, possible side effects and provides important information to consider on each of the childhood vaccines. Additional chapters outline how vaccines are developed and tested, preventing or treating common side effects, and some myths and pending questions about vaccines.
The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for your Child is neither pro nor anti vaccines, but focused on ensuring parents have access to as much accurate information as possible in making their own choices. A website linked to the book provides updates on new vaccines and additional resources.
In the final section, Dr Sears proposes an alternative vaccine schedule, and explains his reasons for including/delaying/excluding each vaccine.
While the US vaccine schedule is different to the Australian schedule, this book provides a valuable starting point for parents wanting to make their own informed choices about their child’s vaccinations.
Dr Robert Sears is a paediatrician, and has co-written several books with his parents William and Martha Sears.
USA 2011 (revised edition).