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CA's battle over childhood immunization shifts to OC ‘anti-vaxx’ doc Bob Sears

NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 28: Nurse Julie Ahn checks the arm of Aaliyah Clark,4, after she received an immunization shot
 at the city of Newark's "School Bus Express" free immunization program for Newark youth on August 28, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The program is being held at the Department of Child and Family Well-Being and seeks to highlight the importance of childhood immunizations before the school year gets started. Newark, where some 30% of residents live in poverty, provides immunizations for all residents.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Nurse Julie Ahn checks the arm of Aaliyah Clark,4, after she received an immunization shot. The state medical board is accusing a pediatrician of "gross negligence" for improperly excusing a 2-year-old child from immunizations in 2014.

The state medical board is accusing prominent Orange County pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears of "gross negligence" for improperly excusing a 2-year-old child from immunizations in 2014.

The state medical board is accusing prominent Orange County pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears of "gross negligence" for improperly excusing a 2-year-old child from immunizations in 2014.

Meanwhile, experts say Sears has also been publicly peddling false medical reasons that supposedly would exempt children from vaccinations.

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Statement from CA Medical Board:

The Board does not discuss investigations or complaints by law.  Therefore the only information available to the public on the Dr. Sears case is in the posted Accusation itself.  Please keep in mind the next step in this process is a settlement hearing to discuss the matter and I suggest you review our enforcement process on our website to assist you.  Please look at “enforcement process.”

We reached out to Dr. Bob Sears, but have not heard from him before press time.

Guests: 

Dr. Paul A Offit, M.D., Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the authors of multiple books, including “Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine” (Basic Books, 2015)

Dr. Jay Gordon, MD., pediatrician based in Santa Monica. He is a teaching and attending staff at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, St. John Hospital & Medical Center, and UCLA Medical Center

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