Changing Rabies Vaccination Laws

Written by Jan on June 25, 2009 – 12:01 am

Kris Christine, Founder of the Rabies Challenge Fund with renowned vaccination expert Dr. Jean Dodds,  is the person most responsible for changing rabies laws from one or two years to three in every state (but not every locale yet).  Brava Kris!  Her passion for this began when her beautiful dog Meadow died from an injection site fibrosarcoma after a rabies shot.

Here is an excerpt from a letter Kris recently sent trying to prevent a change in the law in Muncie, Indiana, from three years to one!  This move is clearly to bring in more revenue with more frequent licensing, as the science in no way supports it.

This letter has valuable information we all should read — especially if you’re living in an area requiring shots more often than the national standard of every three years.

“… recommendations of the American Veterinary Medical Association [1] and the Center for Disease Control’s National Association of State Public Health Veterinarian’s 2008 Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control advise that: “Vaccines used in state and local rabies control programs should have at least a 3-year duration of immunity…….. No laboratory or epidemiologic data exist to support the annual or biennial administration of 3- or 4-year vaccines following the initial series.”

A regressive ordinance revision requiring annual rabies boosters for dogs and cats is medically unnecessary and scientifically unfounded.  According to the American Animal Hospital Association, “The minimum DOI [duration of immunity] for killed rabies vaccine based on challenge studies is 3 years; based on antibody titers, it is considered to be up to 7 years..” [2] 

More frequent vaccination than is required to fully immunize an animal will not achieve further disease protection.  Redundant annual rabies shots needlessly expose dogs and cats to the risk of adverse effects while obligating residents to pay unnecessary veterinary medical fees, which could violate … consumer protection laws and obligate veterinarians to engage in unprofessional conduct (Code 25-1) by administering medically unwarranted rabies vaccines in order for their clients to comply with the amended ordinance.  The American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2001 Principles of Vaccination state that “Unnecessary stimulation of the immune system does not result in enhanced disease resistance, and may increase the risk of adverse post-vaccination events.”   

It is recognized that most, if not all, currently licensed annual rabies vaccines given annually are actually the 3-year vaccine relabeled for annual use — Read more »

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Over-Vaccinating Dogs

Written by Jan on June 18, 2009 – 12:10 am

Thanks to Dr. Michael Dym, a homeopathic veterinarian, for sending me this article.

Michael Dym, VMD

Michael Dym, VMD

For the past several decades, the conventional standard of practice has been to give puppies and kittens, as young as three to four weeks of age, multiple viral vaccinations every few weeks until they are about five months old, then repeat the practice very year through their golden years. Years ago, veterinary immunologists and renowned vaccine experts Ron Schultz, DVM and colleague Dr. Phillips wrote in the XI edition of Kirks Current Veterinary Therapy (used in all vet schools), that yearly vaccination for viral diseases is medically unnecessary and is a practice that “lacks scientific validity,” indicating that immunity to most core viral vaccination persists “for years to the life of the animal.”

In 1997, the first International Veterinary Vaccines and Diagnostics Conference concluded that the duration of immunity is likely more than five years for the clinically important companion animal vaccines. Yet, veterinarians continue to routinely over-vaccinate both puppies and adult/senior dogs and cats.

More recently, evidence has emerged that, along with the nutrient-poor processed commercial pet foods, over-vaccinating has been a major factor in the development of the epidemic increases in autoimmune diseases, seizures, hormonal disorders and cancer seen in younger pets. There’s even evidence that genetic changes have occurred due to over-vaccination over many generations. Vaccinating pets with chronic immune mediated illnesses or cancer, or even a history of cancer, is contraindicated, as all vaccine inserts that come with the vaccinations say for “use in healthy animals only.” Studies are now under way to document that even rabies vaccination has immunity that probably lasts from five to 10 years . (Please see the Rabies Challenge Fund and Truth4Dogs.org).

I recommend that animal guardians become better informed about which vaccines are appropriate for their pets and how often or if they should be given or repeated. The health of our canine and feline companions depends upon learning the truth, just as we are now learning the truth about fresh, more nutritional foods.

In practice for 18 years, Dr. Dym developed an interest in holistic and homeopathic veterinary medicine and has studied with Richard Pitcairn, DVM, and PhD, author of Dr. Pitcairn’s Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. He practices in New Jersey. For additional information, please visit Dr. Michael Dym‘s website.

Note from Jan: Find more in-depth articles on vaccination at my Truth4Dogs.com blog.
Vaccinating Unhealthy Pets: Beware Reactions & Vaccine Failure
Vaccinating Dogs: 10 Steps to Eliminating Unnecessary Shots
    
Titer Test: Don’t Vaccinate Your Dog Unnecessarily

On my website: Rabies Vaccine Information and Vaccinating Dogs: What Your Vet Won’t Tell You

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