A Southern California pediatrician and outspoken critic of compulsory vaccinations has been put to the test by the State Health Committee for 35 months.
Dr. Bob Sears had been charged with not receiving a detailed medical history before he wrote a 2014 letter apologizing for an infant. Officials said he wrote the letter after the 2-year-old's mother described a negative reaction to a previous vaccine.
He said he agreed to a settlement with the state medical committee that was signed on Wednesday because "it was likely that I would get probation anyway."
Sears said the child's mother was afraid of that a judge at an upcoming trial would force her to vaccinate her son and immediately need a letter.
The doctor said it took more than a year for him to receive the boy's medical record.
"Is not it my job to listen to my patients and believe what a parent tells their baby? Is not that what ALL doctors deal with? Their patients are often the only evidence we have ̵
Sears has written a popular book on vaccines and advocates a staggered, alternative vaccination schedule that runs counter to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The doctor faced fines ranging from a public reprimand to a permanent withdrawal of his license.