DANA POINT, Calif. — An Orange County pediatrician and outspoken critic of mandatory vaccinations faces possible discipline by California’s medical board.

The Orange County Register reports Friday (http://bit.ly/2c2d05B) that Dr. Bob Sears is accused of failing to obtain a detailed medical history before writing a 2014 letter excusing a toddler from immunizations.

The board says Sears wrote the letter after the 2-year-old’s mother described an adverse reaction to an earlier vaccination.

If Sears is found negligent, he could face a public reprimand or lose his medical license.

Sears declined comment through a representative over email.

Sears has 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.

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