Vaccination critic placed on probation by medical board
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California pediatrician and outspoken critic of mandatory vaccinations has been placed on probation for 35 months.
Dr. Bob Sears says in a Facebook post on Friday that he accepted a settlement with the state medical board.
He had been 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.
Sears says in his post that he accepted the settlement “since it was likely that I’d get probation anyway.”
He’s authored a popular book on vaccines and advocates a staggered, alternative vaccination schedule that contrasts with recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.