LA pediatrician and outspoken critic of mandatory vaccinations, Dr. Bob Sears, was placed on probation for 35 months by the state’s medical board this week after being accused of “failing to obtain a detailed medical history before writing a 2014 letter excusing a toddler from immunizations. Officials said he wrote the letter after the 2-year-old’s mother described an adverse reaction to an earlier vaccination.” 1

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Sears said he agreed to a settlement with the state medical board because “…it was likely that I’d get probation anyway.”2

The doctor will be allowed to continue practicing medicine under the following guidelines:

  • take 40 hours of medical education this year
  • take an ethics class
  • be observed by another doctor and
  • inform all places where he works that he is not allowed to supervise physician assistants or nurse practitioners

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The fact that he’s been allowed to keep his license and practice, but under these guidelines, is more than just a slap on the wrist. He’s under supervision. The board is warning him and making an example of him lest other doctors decide to step out of line.

“Vaccine exemptions have become a central part of the immunization debate in California in recent years.

After a measles outbreak that originated in Disneyland, California passed a tough inoculation law in 2015. The new law, known as SB 277, prevents parents from citing religious or other personal beliefs to get out of vaccinating their children. Now children must have a doctor’s note if they don’t have their shots.

The law makes California one of only three states to require that parents have a medical reason for not vaccinating their kids. Under the new regulations, doctors determine what qualifies as a medical exemption.”3

There are currently four more cases that Sears has to deal with for writing improper vaccine exemptions. He said, “It seems there is an attempt to keep me on probation for the rest of my medical career.”4

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See his full Facebook comment about everything that has transpired, below:

Thank goodness for good doctors like him.

Sources and References

  1. Daily Mail, June 29, 2018.
  2. Daily Mail, June 29, 2018.
  3. LA Times, June 29, 2018.
  4. Daily Mail, June 29, 2018.