The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) Paperback – 22 Oct 2007
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I have experience in immune system modelling, and I received a copy last week to review. I was shocked that anybody would release something so poorly researched. To the layman many of the claims made inside may sound reasonable, but in fact the "science" presented is deeply flawed, and some of the advice - such as deliberately exposing children to chicken pox - is extremely dubious.
Vaccines to some extent are a victim of their own success. We have grown complacent of a number of childhood illnesses that were once common, and we have forgotten that, for example measles killed hundreds and left thousands brain damaged until recently. Suggesting that parents skip or delay vaccination, rather than explaining that the overwhelming majority of evidence shows their safety, simply feeds parents' fears, and endangers public health.
For a detailed review of why this book is fundamentally wrong, go to the website of the scientific journal "Pediatrics" and search for the title.
0 out of 5 is too high for this nonsense.
For instance, he states: "A new medication goes through many
years of trials in a select group of people to make sure it
is safe. . . . Vaccines, on the other hand, don't receive the
same type of in-depth short-term testing or long-term
safety research.". This is simply not true, vaccines generally are tested on larger numbers of people for longer periods of time.
He also mistakenly gives the numbers of reports to VAERS (equivalent to the UK's 'Yellow Card' system of reporting side-effects) as CASES of serious side-effects from vaccines. They are not, they are simply people saying "My child had the vaccine, then later had one or more symptoms", these reports may or may not be reports of side-effects of the vaccine, or just the normal background number of kids getting ill.
Let's be clear, vaccination has saved countless lives, these kind of books are not scientifically researched, they're opinions, and their purpose is to sell more books. They're calling on parents to take risks with their children's lives. Thanks to the MMR hoax, there have already been unnecessary suffering, disability and deaths.
Of course, the kind of parent who buys and believes these books aren't going to take proper scientific research like that done about the faults in this book seriously, because they generally form an opinion early on and don't let anything as trivial as evidence and hard fact interfere with it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Once again Dr Sears gives clear information empowering parents to make the right choice for their family. If your struggling to decide about vaccines get this book- it helped me.Published on 9 May 2013 by Lucy
Thank goodness for Dr Sears! At last we have a non-hysterical, factually based book, clearly setting out the pros and cons of each vaccine. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2008 by amackayj