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The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) Paperback – 22 Oct 2007

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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (22 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316017507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316017503
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 656,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are a parent thinking of buying this book, then don't.

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.
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This book has recently been comprehensively debunked by an article in the American scientific journal 'Pediatrics', it's full of factual mistakes and the usual 'Big pharmaceutical companies are making lots of money, therefore everything your doctor says is suspect' drivel.

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.
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Although it frequently refers back to the recommended vaccine schedule in the US as well as to the epidemiological status of the diseases there, the book has a much broader reach when it discusses the pros and cons of each vaccine vs. targeted disease, in a simple and yet analytical fashion. It has made me change my mind about the way I see vaccines in general and my role as a parent regarding the immunization of my children. I would most definitely recommend that every parent leaf through it and at least grab a taste of the fact that there's more to vaccines than just going with the crowd.
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This book gives excellent information about how vaccines work, how they are made, and what's in them. It helps parents make informative decisions about which vaccines to give and when, should they wish to delay or refuse vaccinations all together. Dr. Sears takes a neutral approach. He doesn't tell parents that they must or mustn't give their children this or that vaccine. Instead, he discusses the benefits, drawbacks and controversies. I highly recommend this book.
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