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Dr. Bob Sears

Entries by Dr. Bob Sears

What to Expect: The Early Days of Infancy

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 6:22 PM

As a pediatrician and author, I have become accustomed to answering questions from parents in varying stages of curiosity and concern. New, experienced and expectant parents alike all want to make sure they are doing, saying and buying the right things. Nothing is more important to these people than ensuring...

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California Bill AB2109 Threatens Vaccine Freedom of Choice

(480) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 12:09 PM

The California legislature is currently considering a bill that would require parents to obtain their doctor's signature on a government form prior to enrollment in public school if they wish to skip one or more vaccines for their child. Current law allows parents to decline vaccines by signing an exemption...

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Flu Vaccines: Should They Be Mandatory For Health Care Professionals?

(397) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 10:39 AM

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement on September 13, 2010, supporting a policy of mandatory flu vaccination for all health care workers (allowing for medical exemptions, of course). They state that it is "ethically justified, necessary and long overdue to ensure patient safety." I agree that...

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Why You Shouldn't Mix Flu Shots With Other Vaccines

(492) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 9:43 AM

It's that time of year again. No, not autumn, when all the leaves turn to beautiful shades of red and yellow. (That doesn't happen in southern California, where I live, anyway.) No, not postseason baseball showdowns. (My Angels are out of it this year.) And no, not the new fall...

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Government Okays Untested Vaccine for Pregnant Women

(296) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 11:14 AM

I usually don't get all worked up over vaccine issues. I calmly promote the idea of alternative vaccine schedules and I like to help parents make educated decisions. But when I see the government try to do something really stupid, I get mad. And right now I am really angry....

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What to Do About All These Non-Vaccinating Families

(1453) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 11:12 AM

Today's USA Today story on the increasing trend of vaccine refusal shared some interesting information, but fell short of actually providing useful or workable answers. The article cites a new CDC study that showed in 2003 only 22 percent of parents refused or delayed a vaccine for their...

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Wake up Medical Establishment: There's an Autism Epidemic!

(220) Comments | Posted December 21, 2009 | 11:25 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study last week that reveals a dramatic increase in the incidence of autism over just a four-year period.

In this brand new study of children born in 1998, 1 in 110 were found to be on the autism spectrum. This...

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Vaccines And Autism: What Can Parents Do During This Controversy?

(904) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 10:08 AM

The debate over vaccine safety rages on, with no clear end in sight. On the one side is a medical establishment made up of hundreds of thousands of doctors, researchers, infectious disease specialists, vaccine manufacturers, the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and our government, who all insist...

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