Yet 18 years later, the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV), who write "the Bible" on rabies control and prevention, still advocate for redundant rabies vaccine minimally every three years.
Yet most city and county laws continue to mandate annual rabies vaccination - regardless of the age, health condition or proximity of a pet's exposure to wildlife - in order to reduce the risk of human exposure to rabies.
So just how risky is a less than one in 8 million chance?
Based on recent National Safety Council data, every day living is a lot riskier for us:
Motor vehicle accident: 1 in 6,539
Exposure to noxious substances: 1 in 12,554
Assault by firearm: 1 in 24,005
Accidental drowning: 1 in 82,777
Exposure to smoke, fire or flames: 1 in 92,745
Exposure to forces of nature (lightning, flood, storms, etc.): 1 in 136,075
Falling out of bed or off other furniture: 1 in 329,819
Choking on food: 1 in 343,179
Air and space transport accidents: 1 in 502,554
Exposure to electric current, radiation, temperature, and pressure: 1 in 705,969
Being bitten, stung or crushed by another person or animal: 1 in 1,841,659
The opinion of the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents states,
“Local and regional regulatory authorities mandate revaccination schedules including some that are more frequent than necessary as demonstrated by scientific evidence. (Ref: Klingborg, Hustead, Curry Galvan, AVMA Council On Biologic and Therapeutic Agent’s report on cat and dog vaccines, JAVMA,Vol 221, No 10, Nov 15, 2002.)
In fact, there's a far greater chance that Earth will be struck by a killer asteroid in the next year than a dog or cat with just ONE rabies inoculation has of contracting rabies if exposed. That would be 1 in 2,518,072. In other words, there's a 99.999975% chance the thing will miss us.
I'll take those odds.