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Kris Christine and Staff 2007, editorial UPDATE March 2019


Take your dog for regular checkups but don't destroy his immune system with routine booster shots which can lead to ii Vaccine Induced Disease (VID) i.e. big income for veterinary practices!


The risks of over-vaccination are serious and significant. forced the veterinary associations to classify only parvo, hepatitis, distemper and rabies vaccines as “Core Vaccines.” This revolutionary action reduced the risks of repeated "booster shots."


The cat is out of the bag on duration of vaccine immunityThe rabies vaccine information was validated by in Jan 2007 but pet owners are still being misled about booster shots.  Let's start with the acknowledged fact that following puppy shots, core vaccines are proven to protect your pet for a minimum of 7 years!  Duration of vaccine immunity has been withheld from the pet owning public for obvious reasons.  Immunizations are among the most profitable visits for the veterinary practice and many vets' offices still push annual, bi-annual, and/or tri-annual "booster shots" on adult dogs.


Pet owners are indebted to Kris L. Christine.  Her February 2005 testimony before the State Of Maine's Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee was published here and it went viral.  Suddenly, the cat was out of the bag!


Kris went on to become the Founder and Co-Trustee of The Rabies Challenge Fund which today lists such prominent veterinary supporters as Dr. Jean Dodds (the leader in canine thyroid research) who warns "The practice of giving useless booster shots takes an unnecessary toll on both owner finances and animals’ health..."


Many veterinarians still send pet owners reminders for booster shots and justify that callous practice with vaccine manufacturers’ labeled recommendations.  Of course the manufacturers want their product to be used! That's like bread makers convincing medical doctors to prescribe "a loaf a day" for each person on the planet!  Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital states “…booster vaccine recommendations for vaccines other than rabies virus have been determined arbitrarily by manufacturers.


Booster Shots Of No Value To Already Vaccinated Dogs

Dr. Ronald Schultz, Chairman of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, is at the forefront of vaccine research and is one of the world’s leading authorities on veterinary vaccines. His challenge study results form the scientific base of the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) 2003 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting Literature (Attachment 7).  These studies are based on science – they are not arbitrary.  The public, however, cannot access this data. The American Animal Hospital Association only makes this report available to veterinarians, not private citizens, and Maine’s pet owners are unaware that the AAHA Guidelines state on Page 18We now know that booster injections are of no value in dogs already immune, and immunity from distemper infection and vaccination lasts for a minimum of 7 years based on challenge studies and up to 15 years (a lifetime) based on antibody titer.


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The AAHA further states that hepatitis and parvovirus vaccines have been proven to protect for a minimum of 7 years by challenge and up to 9 and 10 years based on antibody count. So, unless state laws change so that veterinarians are required to provide vaccine disclosure forms, dog owners who automatically receive reminders for booster shots will not know that nationally-accepted scientific studies have demonstrated that "animals are protected a minimum of 7 years after vaccination with the distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus-2 vaccines." (page 12 AAHA 2003 Guidelines.)


Wall Street Journal reporter Rhonda L. Rundle quoted Dr. Ronald Schultz in a July 31, 2002 article entitled Annual Pet Vaccinations may be Unnecessary, Fatal.  “My own pets are vaccinated once or twice as pups and kittens, then never again except for rabies.  Dr. Schultz knows there’s no benefit in over-vaccinating animals because immunity is not enhanced, but the risk of harmful adverse reactions is increased.  He also knows that most core veterinary vaccines are protective for at least seven years, if not for the lifetime of the animal.


Kris Christine points out “The first entry under Appendix 2 of the AAHA Guidelines (Attachment 7) “Important Vaccination ‘Do’s and Don’ts” is “Do Not Vaccinate Needlessly – Don’t revaccinate more often than is needed and only with the vaccines that prevent diseases for which that animal is at risk.”  The American Animal Hospital Assoc. also caution veterinarians: “Do Not Assume that Vaccines Cannot Harm a Patient – Vaccines are potent medically active agents and have the very real potential of producing adverse events.” Very few pet owners have had this disclosed to them.


The admirable AVMA’s Principles of Vaccination states “Unnecessary stimulation of the immune system does not result in enhanced disease resistance, and may increase the risk of adverse post-vaccination events.” They elaborate by reporting that: “Possible adverse events include failure to immunize, anaphylaxis, immunosuppression, autoimmune disorders, transient infections, and/or long-term infected carrier states.


Referring to adverse reactions from vaccines, the Wall Street Journal article cited above (Attachment 2) reports: “In cats there has been a large increase in hyperthyroidism and cancerous tumors between the shoulder blades where vaccines typically are injected.”  With modified live virus vaccines (distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis), some animals can actually contract the same disease which they are being inoculated against.


The extended durations of immunity for vaccines is not “new” or “recent” science.  AAHA reveals on Page 2 of their Guidelines that ideal reduced vaccination protocols were recommended by vaccinology experts beginning  in 1978. A Veterinary Practice News article entitled “Managing Vaccine Changes” (Attachment 3) by veterinarian Dennis M. McCurnin, reportsChange has been discussed for the past 15 years and now has started to move across the country.”


Vaccines have played a significant role in enabling animals to live longer and healthier lives.  Evaluations of disease risks associated with a particular vaccine, compared to the benefits of vaccination are necessary in crafting optimal health recommendations that include vaccination.


The proper application of vaccines to animal populations has enhanced their health and welfare, and prolonged their life-spans.  However, risks to animal health from vaccination as opposed to non-vaccination are significant.  Adverse events, including some that are potentially severe, can be unintended consequences of vaccination.  Vaccinating an animal which is already immune to a disease does not increase their immunity but does in fact raise the risk of adverse reactions, it is important to avoid over-vaccination.  Blood titers can help determine whether an animal’s antibody count is at protective levels.


Risks Associated With Core Canine Diseases Are:

Distemper – high rates of morbidity and mortality from respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurological abnormalities; a widespread disease.

Parvovirus – high rates of morbidity and mortality resulting primarily from gastrointestinal disease; this disease has worldwide distribution;

Adenovirus – high rates of morbidity and mortality from liver dysfunction.

Rabies – nearly universally fatal neurological disease.  Infected animals are a potential source for human infection, thus vaccination is mandated by law in most states.


Risks Associated With Vaccination Are:

Possible adverse events from vaccination include failure to immunize, anaphylaxis, immunosuppression, autoimmune disorders such as hyper/hypothyroidism, polyarthritis, allergies, transient infections, and/or long-term infected carrier states.  In addition, a causal association in cats between injection sites and the subsequent development of a malignant tumor is the subject of ongoing research.


Optimal immune responses are obtained by vaccines administered singly three to four weeks apart rather than in combination shots.  Single vaccine administration also reduces the likelihood of adverse events as well as increasing the animal’s immune response.  Only healthy animals should be vaccinated.


If your animal experiences any of the following symptoms after vaccination, you should contact your veterinarian immediately:  fever, vomiting, diarrhea, uncontrollable trembling, lack of coordination, seizures or a hard lump at the vaccination site which doesn’t disappear after a couple of weeks.


Editor's note: This booster shots warning was written before the frequency of Vaccine Induced Disease (VID) was known.  VID is increasingly common in 2018 as a result of over-vaccinated pets. The Veterinary Associations remain silent, thus exposing millions of animals to unneeded vaccinations resulting in fatal diseases such as cancer.


Treating VID (over-vaccination) is extremely profitable.  Pet Insurance, which covers Vaccine Induced Disease makes it even more profitable to push unneeded and risky booster shots.


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