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RABIES CHALLENGE FUND
$20,000 MATCHING PLEDGE
May 2007 | Two anonymous donors
have generously pledged to match all donations of
$100 or more to The Rabies Challenge Fund up to
$20,000 from May 1st through November 1st. The Fund
is more than halfway towards reaching its immediate
goal of $177,000 to cover the two concurrent
challenge studies’ first year expenses so the
research can begin.
believe the rabies vaccine can cause adverse
reactions in animals and concur that it should not
be given more often than is necessary to maintain
immunity. Adverse reactions to
can include autoimmune diseases affecting the
thyroid, joints, blood, eyes, skin, kidney, liver,
bowel and central nervous system; anaphylactic
shock; aggression; seizures; epilepsy; and fibrosarcomas at injection sites.
World-Famous Scientists Donate Services to
The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust
Big news for The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust: thanks to graphic designer, Andrea Brin, it now has its own website. You'll see the big news is that Dr. Ronald Schultz of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine has volunteered his time to conduct the 5 and 7 year canine rabies challenge studies. If you recall, Dr. Schultz's research forms part of the scientific base for the American Animal Hospital Association's 2003 and 2006 Canine Vaccine Guidelines. The December 2006/January 2007 (Vol. 8, Issue 6) Animal Wellness Magazine features an article by Ann Brightman on the RCF entitled, How Often Does He REALLY Need a Rabies Shot?
Since last year, Dr. W. Jean Dodds, of Hemopet and Co-Trustee of The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust, and her staff have donated their time to ensure these vital studies are conducted for the benefit of our canine companions.
We hope you'll join us in this effort, too!
world-renowned giants of veterinary vaccine research --
Dr. W. Jean Dodds of
Co-Trustee of The Rabies Challenge Fund and
Dr. Ronald Schultz of
the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine --
have volunteered their time to ensure that critical 5 and 7 year
rabies challenge studies are conducted in the
The concurrent challenge studies will determine the duration of immunity conveyed by the canine rabies vaccine, with the goal of extending the state-mandated interval for boosters to 5, and then to 7 years. According to Dr. Dodds, “This is one of the most important projects in veterinary medicine. It will benefit all dogs by providing evidence that protection from rabies vaccination lasts at least 5 years, thereby avoiding unnecessary revaccination with its attendant risk of debilitating adverse reactions. "
Scientific data indicate that vaccinating dogs against rabies every three years, as most states require, is unnecessary. Studies have shown the duration of protective immunity as measured by serum antibody titers against rabies virus to persist for seven years post-vaccination, and results of a 1992 French challenge study led by Michel Aubert demonstrated dogs were immune to rabies five years after vaccination. Researchers believe the rabies vaccine causes the most and worst adverse reactions in animals and concur that it should not be given more often than is necessary to maintain immunity. Adverse reactions to rabies vaccination can include autoimmune diseases affecting the thyroid, joints, blood, eyes, skin, kidney, liver, bowel and central nervous system; anaphylactic shock; aggression; seizures; epilepsy; and fibrosarcomas at injection sites.
Dr. Schultz states that “showing that a vaccine for rabies can provide 5 or preferably 7 years of immunity would have great significance not only in controlling rabies but more importantly in reducing the adverse vaccine reactions that can occur in dogs and cats after vaccination."
To date, the following breed clubs, along with many pet owners, trainers, breeders, and kennel owners have contributed to The Rabies Challenge Fund:
GOOD NEWS ON RABIES AND ALL VACCINES
From The Editor: For all who ever doubted they could achieve or change anything, here’s the proof. People like Kris Christine and Jean Townsend “Always for George, Always for the Rimadyl dogs” prove that one person can move a mountain when they create a snowball. Our deepest gratitude to all who work so hard to protect our best friends! This is one of the most important advances in DogCare during the last two decades. Chris can be contacted at LedgeSpring@lincoln.midcoast.com
The Rabies Challenge Fund
World-renowned vaccine research scientist and practicing
veterinary clinician, Dr. W. Jean Dodds of California, and pet vaccine
disclosure advocate, Kris L. Christine of Maine, have established The
Rabies Challenge Fund to raise money to fund concurrent 5 and 7 year
rabies vaccine challenge studies in the United States.
Rabies is among the antigenically strongest vaccines, containing potent adjuvants to bolster the immune response. Rabies vaccines are documented to elicit severe and even fatal adverse reactions. According to Dr. Dodds, “giving them more often than truly needed is unwise, unnecessary, and can be unsafe.” She further states, “To date, most states require rabies vaccination every three years, but some states still require annual rabies revaccination, even though the USDA licenses these vaccines for three years”
Dr. Dodds received the D.V.M. degree with honors in 1964 from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Toronto. In 1965 she joined the New York State Health Department in Albany and began comparative studies of animals with inherited and acquired bleeding diseases. Her position there began as a Research Scientist and culminated as the chief of Laboratory of Hematology at the Wadsworth Center. In 1980 she also became Executive Director of the New York State Council on Human Blood and Transfusion Services. This work continued full-time until 1986 when she moved to Southern California to establish Hemopet, the first non-profit national blood bank program for animals.
“Certainly, veterinarians are aware of the adverse reactions that can occur after rabies and other vaccinations in dogs and cats,” Dodds said. “The public is the body most motivated to address the issues here, because it is some of their beloved companions that have suffered by the existing regulations.”
Other beneficial research to be financed by The Rabies Challenge Fund will be a safety study of adjuvants used to enhance the immune response in veterinary rabies vaccines. Some pet owners, like Kris Christine, believe the adjuvants may cause more adverse reactions than the actual vaccine -- her own dog developed a malignant mast cell tumor at the site of a rabies shot. “Unlike human vaccines where all adjuvants are required to be the same, there is no such standardization in veterinary medicine,” Christine said. “Hopefully, this study can be completed before the five and seven years of the parallel challenge studies, to make vaccines safer for our precious canine companions.”
Kerry Blue Foundation Donates $5,000 to Rabies Challenge Fund
The Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation (http://www.kerryblues.info) has generously donated $5,000 to The Rabies Challenge Fund, which was established to raise money to finance concurrent 5 and 7 year rabies vaccine challenge studies in the United States. It is spearheaded by world-renowned vaccine research scientist and practicing veterinary clinician, Dr. W. Jean Dodds of California, and pet vaccine disclosure advocate, Kris L. Christine of Maine. The Kerry Blue donation was announced by the Foundation’s President, John Van den Bergh.
“As an educational organization, we are happy to be able to fund a study that will finally shed some light on vaccination research,” says Van den Bergh. He believes that by supporting The Rabies Challenge study, “We will have the ammunition to talk to legislators to bring the law in line with science.”
TheDogPlace.org has made a pledge for ongoing support and we hope you will too!
Pet Vaccine Lawsuit
It's official -- the law firm of the Chicago law firm of Childress Duffy Goldblatt, Ltd. firstname.lastname@example.org 312-494-0200 -- attorneys Roy R. Brandys and John Sawin -- have posted an announcement on their website about the NATIONAL pet vaccine class action lawsuit that their firm is undertaking at: www.childresslaw.net/CM/Custom/Custom52.asp
"arising from the misrepresentation of the need for vaccinations for your pets."
Anyone wishing to have a copy of either the 1992 French challenge study data from a research team led by Michel Aubert in which dogs were demonstrated to be immune to a rabies challenge 5 years after vaccination, or Vascellari's study which documented cancerous tumors in dogs at presumed injection sites of rabies vaccine, please e-mail me. Kris Christine LedgeSpring@lincoln.midcoast.com
Editor’s Note: Please, go to the Rabies Challenge Fund website and DONATE NOW!!! TheDogPlace.org has worked with Kris for many years as she has single-handedly raised awareness, testified before state and local veterinary associations and lawmakers, and succeeded in getting some of the most highly respected vets and veterinary universities on board. Go to the site, the official backers and endorsement of the veterinary community will amaze you.
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