AVMA Passes a Rabies Vaccination Waiver Recommendation

Written by Jan on March 26, 2012 – 5:36 pm

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has passed The Annual Rabies Vaccination waiver.  What does it mean?  Kris Christine, Founder of the Rabies Challenge Fund, says: “It will help us in our efforts to get exemption legislation passed!”

I say, it should also provide “cover” to those wonderful veterinarians who fight for our dogs every day.

The AVMA language says: “[The] AVMA recognizes some animals might require a waiver from rabies vaccination because the vaccination poses an unacceptably high risk to the health of the individual animal ….If adequate steps can be taken to minimize the chance of exposure to rabies virus, the AVMA recommends that such animals be granted a waiver from mandatory rabies vaccination, upon recommendation of a licensed veterinarian and with the concurrence of the appropriate public health authorities.

Read the Waiver here: http://www.avma.org/issues/policy/annual-rabies-vaccination-waiver.asp

The AVMA has also provided an Annual Rabies Vaccination Waiver Form.

Does your state already allow exemptions?  Read this: https://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/2012/03/05/does-your-state-permit-rabies-vaccination-medical-exemptions/

Read your state’s rabies law here.

So get busy! Change those laws!



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9 Comments to “AVMA Passes a Rabies Vaccination Waiver Recommendation”

  1. Terrified something bad is going to happen. - YorkieTalk.com Forums - Yorkshire Terrier Community Says:

    […] Originally Posted by lemonlime Every time I think about Sophie's rabies vaccine appointment next week I start to cry. I am still trying to get over what happened when she had her spay and inguinal hernias surgery last month. She did not do well while under anesthesia (the vet does not recommend she go under again). She also had a little reaction to the dissolvable stitches that caused her long incision to look like a lumpy bumpy swollen mess. Thankfully she is doing great now and her incision is healing nicely and flattening out but she had a longer recovery then most. I am now terrified she is going to have a bad reaction to the rabies vaccine. Will she really be given the same amount they would give a Great Dane…Sophie is 4 pounds and only just turning 7 months old. That is just crazy. I just applied her monthly Advantage Multi 10 last night – will that being in her system effect her? (Unfortunately I have only now just read about not giving the rabies vaccine with other boosters, meds, etc.) Has anyone here on YT had a puppy not do well with isoflurane but then had the rabies vaccine with no adverse reactions? Any advice would be so greatly appreciated. some states allow you to get a medical waiver from giving your dog the rabies vaccine. i do not know how it works but here is some info… The AVMA Helps to Give Us Rabies Vaccination Exemptions for Sick Dogs | Truth4Dogs […]

  2. Cheryl Wozmak Says:

    I had a perfectly healthy black Shih Tzu, scream blood murder when he got a rabies shot. For months, he could not walk on that leg as it is given in the muscle. He died a few months later, a perfectly healthy dog until the rabies shot. I have been told that recessive colored dogs do have more problems and reactions to vaccines. I need to find a vet that will do a titer test or at least give the vaccine sub cue or half the dose. It is crazy that one size fits all

  3. Jan Says:

    Cheryl, I’m so sorry for your loss. Check out the referral lists on http://www.dogs4dogs.com/vets They may help you find a vet.

    Also, we have just posted a petition to stop the over-vaccation of pets. I hope you’ll sign and spread the word. http://www.change.org/petitions/veterinarians-fully-inform-us-before-vaccinating-our-dogs-and-cats I also am publishing the horror stories of people like you on my new not-for-profit website: http://www.truth4pets.com There’s information about posting your story here: http://truth4pets.org/tell-your-story/

    I hope you’ll join us. We’re trying to stop this senseless tragedy. Jan

  4. Louise Laham Says:


    Would you recommend the Bordetella Vaccine even if your dog does not go to a Kennel or Boarding house? Why do they need it if anything? is this an unnecessary vaccine?


  5. Jan Says:

    Louise, Bordetella is pretty much a useless shot, even more so out of kennel situations. Read this: http://truth4pets.org/2012/07/kennel-cough-vaccine/ and

    Bordetella is not the only unnecessary vaccine. http://truth4pets.org/question-before-vaccination/

  6. Debbie Daniel Says:

    I clicked on both of your links with waivers and they cannot be found.
    Since this was published in 2012..has any states been added to the list of exemptions?

  7. Jan Says:

    Debbie, did you try this? https://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/2012/03/05/does-your-state-permit-rabies-vaccination-medical-exemptions/ It was updated this week.

  8. Paula Sorg Says:

    I can not find the exemption / waiver form. Even the link posted in previous question can not be found. I have a 17 yr old diabetic cat whose diabetes is unstable right now. He has never ever been outdoors. I do not want the rabies vaccine given after seeing what happened to a previous pet 2 years ago. I want to take the form with me to his check up. Please tell me how to get the form.

  9. Jan Says:

    Paula, sorry. Government links change. Drives me crazy!

    You didn’t say in what state you live. The procedure varies from state to state. Try using the first part of the link you have and searching from there. Or do a web search for “rabies exemption form” and whatever state you live in. If you find a good link, please let me know. If you don’t, please give me the bad link. I’ll try to help. You’re right to not want to vaccinate your cat. I wouldn’t either. That’s what exemptions are for.

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