California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont and Wisconsin permit rabies medical exemption for companion animals in the care of a licensed veterinarian. Policies and forms for these exemptions vary from place to place. State laws may not supersede local animal control ordinances; it is prudent to ask your town or county for requirements. Finally, some places may informally exempt an animal from a repeat rabies inoculation at the request of a licensed vet. It doesn't hurt to ask.
We urge the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) and state health services nationwide to waive rabies shots for companion animals at risk of adverse reaction based on health status, age and proximity of exposure when a licensed veterinarian requests exemption.
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