A pediatrician from Southern California was put on probation this week after writing letters four years ago that released a baby from all childhood vaccines. But the doctor claims he did "not do anything wrong."
Dr. Bob Sears, an outspoken critic of compulsory vaccination, will be scrutinized 35 months after the decision of the California Medical Board.
The Orange County, California Pediatrician Accused of Not Having Received a Detailed Medical Record Before Writing In the 2014 letters written to the mother of the two-year-old, the official described the child's adverse reaction to one earlier vaccination.
The doctor said it took more than a year to get the boy's medical records. This includes the history of the child's vaccinations.
Sears said he took the boy's mother's word when she said her son had lost urine and "flunked" in response to previous vaccinations, the Los Angeles Times
reported. "Is not it my job to listen to my patients and to believe what parents say happened to their baby, is not that what ALL doctors do with their patients?" Sears wrote in a Facebook post. "A patient's word is o The only evidence we have – as doctors, we have to trust our patients, just as our patients trust us to look for their best interests."  He said he had an agreement Wednesday agreed with the state medical committee because "it was likely that I would get a suspended sentence anyway," and to avoid going to court, the report said.
"After all, I do not want to get any child a medical treatment that could cause more harm." "I'll do no harm first," he added in his post, alluding to a famous medical phrase.
Sears can continue to practice medicine, but has to take an ethics course and 40 hours of medical training a year, the Times reported.
During his probation period, he must also be supervised by another licensed physician, the Orange County Register reported.
The Board Also Requires Sears to Notify All Places to Practice
"It's not a trivial decision, it's not a slap on the hand," said Dorit Reiss, a university professor at the University of California at Hastings , to the Times. "It is really limiting his ability to practice … He is now a doctor under supervision."
Rebecca Estepp, who is part of an Alternative Vaccine Interest Group, supports Sears.
"Many parents, myself included, are relieved that Dr. Sears will maintain his practice and continue to serve his patients who rely on him," Estepp told the Times.
Probation is the most common punishment for doctors in California who are accused of misconduct.
But Sears said the board had four more cases against him.
"It seems there is an attempt to keep me on probation for the rest of my medical career," Sears wrote on Facebook.
According to the Times, the state health department took 57 licenses, while in the past fiscal year it issued 197 physicians on probation.