June 29, 2010

Action Alert: PA Calls for Rabies Medical Exemption

Pennsylvania pet owners are calling on state legislators to insert a rabies medical exemption clause into the Pennsylvania Rabies Code. According to state guidelines, Pennsylvania rabies vaccination is mandatory every three years with no allowance made for dogs or cats whose age or health status make re-vaccination risky. This practice runs contrary to the manufacturer's warnings for safe and effective administration.


The labels on rabies vaccines state that they are for “the vaccination of healthy cats, dogs…,” and there are medical conditions for which vaccination can jeopardize the life or well-being of an animal. A medical exemption clause would allow Pennsylvania veterinarians to write waivers for animals whose medical conditions (such as those with cancer, kidney/liver failure, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, grand mal seizures, and chronic autoimmune disorders) would be exacerbated by rabies vaccination. 

If the measure is approved, Pennsylvania would join 13 states nationwide who currently grant a waiver of mandatory rabies vaccination under certain conditions. These include Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. 

According to Kris Christine, The Rabies Challenge Fund, the states that exempt sick and senior dogs and cats from mandatory rabies shots on a case by case basis have experienced no change in  the incidence of rabies; no outbreaks have occurred since rabies ordinances were relaxed.

The State of Maine inserted such an exemption into their 3 year rabies protocol, 7 M.R.S.A., Sec. 3922(3), which became effective in April 2005 -- not one rabid dog has been reported in the more than 5 years since that date. Colorado’s data reflect the same -- there have been no rabid dogs reported in the state since passage of their medical exemption clause in July 2008.
A bill is currently pending in the California legislature to include a waiver in their statutes.


How You Can Help

Contact your legislator and ask them to file a rabies medical exemption bill on your behalf. You can find your legislators' contact information at this link http://www.legis.state.pa.us/ , and please ask everyone you know who may concerned about this issue to do the same.

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