As you know from previous posts, I am a huge fan of the Sears family of physicians. They come across as warm and sincere rather than sterile and stodgy like so many MD's. I trust their advice and that's why I was overjoyed when Dr. Bob Sears wrote a book about vaccines this past year. It's an excellent, comprehensive, and objective book and I highly recommend it to all moms and moms-to-be.
Here's a transcript of my recent interview with Dr. Bob.
ME: When did you decide to become a doctor and why did you choose pediatrics?
DR BOB: I kind of always wanted to be a doctor…it seemed to come naturally to me. My dad encouraged us to become doctors. He always said we had the freedom to become whatever kind of children’s doctor we wanted. I love kids and I love parents.
ME: Were you vaccinated as a child and what memories do you have of the experience?
DR BOB: I was vaccinated, but I have no memory of it at all.
ME: You offer three different possible vaccine "schedules" in your book. Which did you use with your children and way?
DR BOB: I did a variety with all three kids. Overall, I don’t really share what I do with my own kids. I want parents to think for themselves. I wouldn’t want a parent to find out what I did and just do it blindly. [Interjection from ME - I LOVE this answer. I appreciate that Dr. Bob presents the facts, but then lets parents make the decision that is right for them.]
ME: Which "schedule" do you offer to patients in your clinic?
DR BOB: We offer the Alternative Schedule to everybody. We’re happy to give the full AAP schedule to them. We also have patients that don’t want any shots at all.
ME: Because it's flu season, I have to ask...What's your take on the flu shot for little ones?
DR BOB: It's a 50/50 thing in our office. I don’t just automatically give it to everyone. If a baby is breastfed and not in daycare/child care, I tend to not give the flu vaccine. If a baby is not breastfeeding or is in daycare/child care, I tend to give the flu vaccine.
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* UPDATED * The winner is #9 Renae. Congratulations!