Massachusetts pet owners can take heart. Thanks to the persistence of state and national advocates, the Senate is considering a bill to permit medical exemption for dogs and cats based on age, health status and proximity to exposure.
Massachusetts Senate Bill #784, An Act Relative to Rabies Vaccination for Dogs and Cats http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/186/st00/st00784.htm, has been introduced by Senator Panagiotakos and will include language into the rabies law allowing medical exemptions for dogs and cats for whom a medical condition precludes vaccination.
What You Can Do to Help
Please contact your Legislators and ask them to pass Senate Bill #784 and ask everyone you know in Massachusetts to do the same.
Find Your Legislator by Town http://www.mass.gov/legis/city_town.htm
Vaccinal adverse reactions are becoming more recognized and acknowledged in the veterinary community — in an August 1, 2008 article in DVM360 entitled Vaccination: An Overview, http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/avhc/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=568351 Dr. Melissa Kennedy states that of the two types of vaccinal adverse reactions:
Adverse reactions have also become a major concern in small animal medicine. These fall into two general categories. The first is immediate hypersensitivity. This may be a local or systemic response and is due to pre-existing antibody to the agent. This is the classic “allergic reaction” to the vaccine and can be life-threatening. The second is a delayed response, requiring days of longer to develop. The vaccine, seen as foreign, elicits a significant inflammatory response and is especially true for adjuvanted vaccines. This response can manifest as a granuloma, or more seriously, a fibrosarcoma .
Further, she reports that: The likelihood of adverse reactions in dogs has been found to correlate with the size of the dog and the number of inoculations given, with higher risk associated with small size and multiple inoculations.
Regards, Kris L. Christine
The Rabies Challenge Fund
Duration of Immunity to Canine Vaccines: What We Know and Don’t Know, Dr. Ronald Schultz
What Everyone Needs to Know about Canine Vaccines, Dr. Ronald Schultz
World Small Animal Veterinary Association 2007 Vaccine Guidelines Scroll down to Vaccine Guidelines 2007 (PDF)
The 2003 American Animal Hospital Association’s Canine Vaccine Guidelines.
The 2006 American Animal Hospital Association’s Canine Vaccine Guidelines are downloadable in PDF format at http://www.aahanet.org/PublicDocumen…s06Revised.pdf .
Vaccination: An Overview Dr. Melissa Kennedy, DVM 360
Veterinarian, Dr. Robert Rogers,has an excellent presentation on veterinary vaccines at http://www.newvaccinationprotocols.com/
Duration of Immunity: The Rabies Vaccine Challenge - Show #185 Animal Talk Radio Show 7/30/08 with Dr. W. Jean Dodds and Kris L. Christine of The Rabies Challenge Fund http://www.blogtalkradio.com/animaltalknaturally/2008/07/30/Duration-of-Immunity-The-Rabies-Vaccine-Challenge-Show-186
The Rabies Challenge Animal Wise Radio Interview
http://www.animalarkshelter.org/animal/Animal+Wise+Segments.nsf/HighlightsListen?OpenForm&Segment=43AF377786A21CFC862573AC007EE99B" Listen to Animal Wise (scroll down to The Rabies Challenge 12/9/07)
The Vaccine Challenge http://www.animaltalknaturally.com/2007/05/01/the-vaccine-challenge-show-91/ Animal Talk Naturally Online Radio Show » The Vaccine Challenge - Show #91
US Declared Canine-Rabies Free — CDC Announces at Inaugural World Rabies Day Symposium CDC Press Release - September 7, 2007
Rabies Prevention — United States, 1991 Recommendations of the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (ACIP), Center for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly March 22, 1991 / 40(RR03);1-19 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00041987.htm
A fully vaccinated dog or cat is unlikely to become infected with rabies, although rare cases have been reported (48). In a nationwide study of rabies among dogs and cats in 1988, only one dog and two cats that were vaccinated contracted rabies (49). All three of these animals had received only single doses of vaccine; no documented vaccine failures occurred among dogs or cats that had received two vaccinations. ”
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