A general vaccine timeline:
- Vaccines are optional
- A few become mandatory for public school
- A lot more become mandatory for public school
- Parents can opt out
- Some lose the right to opt out (if they want to enroll their kids in school, or if they receive public aid)
- And now this…Dr. Bob Sears, the Holistic pediatrician who is very outspoken about mandatory vaccination laws, has been accused- by the state Medical Board- of committing “gross negligence” in 2014. Seems the doctor wrote a perfectly valid letter excusing a toddler from future vaccinations after the child’s mother described an adverse reaction as an infant.
As I understand it, doctors don’t feel parents are educated enough to make an “opt out” decision- only THEY can do that. However, it appears now that’s no longer true. It seems the only people able to make educated decisions about vaccines are doctors who support vaccines.
We KNEW this was coming. I’m still shocked, but we knew.
The state Medical Board felt that Sears didn’t get a detailed (enough) medical history which would have documented the child’s prior vaccines and reactions. Therefore, Dr. Sears recommendation left the patient and, “his future contacts at risk for preventable and communicable diseases,” reports The Orange County Register.
The board also alleges that Sears wrote a letter which excused the child from future shots yet he failed to keep the note in his chart. They are therefore also seeking to discipline Sears for, “failure to maintain adequate and accurate records”.
This makes perfect sense. The day that SB277 passed, California started looking to shut down any holistic doctors who would give acceptable medical exemptions to families.
From the article:
“If the board finds Sears negligent, he could face discipline ranging from a public reprimand to revocation of his medical license.
Sears is known nationally for his unorthodox views on vaccination. He’s the author of “The Vaccine Book,” which includes a staggered, alternative shot schedule to what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. In a 2015 opinion piece published in the Register, Sears wrote, “Vaccination is important and protective. But it cannot be forced; a parent must give consent.”
The Dr. has also criticized California’s ridiculous new law which no longer allows parents to file personal belief exemptions in order to enroll unvaccinated children in school; a medical waiver must be provided by a doctor, instead, but even that right seems like it might be in jeopardy.
We hope this isn’t the beginning of the state doing anything they can to shut down holistic doctors who (shocker!) believe their patients should be exempt from (some or all) vaccinations. But maybe it doesn’t matter what the child’s doctor or mother thinks because in the land of the free the government holds your children’s fate in their hands.
Source: The Orange County Register