“Doctor” Bob Sears is a celebrity in the painfully ignorant anti-vaxxer movement for his resistance to mandatory vaccinations. He’s a hero to them for speaking out against the evils of the recommended vaccine schedule. And now he might be a martyr to the cause as he faces the possible loss of his license:
The board accuses Sears of committing “gross negligence” in 2014 when he wrote a letter excusing the toddler from future vaccinations after the child’s mother described an adverse reaction as an infant.
The documents say Sears failed to obtain a detailed medical history documenting the unidentified boy’s prior vaccines and reactions, which was necessary for making an evidence-based decision. Sears’ recommendation left the patient and “his future contacts at risk for preventable and communicable diseases,” the documents say.
Essentially, mommy said vaccines hurt her baby and, being already disinclined to vaccinate, Sears indulged her fears without looking into what happened. Because who needs information when you have the opinion of an untrained internet doctor to guide you?
I’m sure Sears thought it was no big deal, it’s just one kid. What could possibly go wrong? But what happens when that kid contracts a disease he should have been protected against? Shrug our shoulders and say “Whoops!”?
Unsurprisingly, Sears is most upset that California finally put its foot down and told the lunatic anti-vax community that if they wanted to send their kids to school, they would have to be vaccinated or keep them the hell away from everyone else’s children. The law was passed after an outbreak in 2014 saw measles spread to several states after it had originated in an amusement park in California.
Depending on the findings of the board, Sears could could simply be reprimanded or they can go as far as revoking his license. Then he can make a lot of money writing more anti-vaccine books for easily duped parents that need something to worry about.
The bottom line is that it’s never “just one kid.” The more unnecessary exceptions you carve out, the greater the risk becomes to everyone, especially the necessary exceptions; those people who cannot be vaccinated for legitimate reasons. I understand anti-vaxxer parents live in mortal terror that their precious snowflake might have an adverse reaction to a vaccine but the reality is that they’re more likely to be hit by a stray bullet.
Enablers like “Doctor” Sears are doing more harm than good with their quackery.
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