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UK Veterinarians Speak Out on Vaccines
The following letter appeared in Veterinary Times, UK - late January 2004
We, the undersigned, would like to bring to your attention our concerns in the light of recent new evidence regarding vaccination protocol.
The American Veterinary Medical Association Committee report this year states that 'the one year revaccination recommendation frequently found on many vaccination labels is based on historical precedent, not scientific data'.
In JAVMA in 1995, Smith notes that 'there is evidence that some vaccines provide immunity beyond one year. In fact, according to research there is no proof that many of the yearly vaccinations are necessary and that protection in many instances may be life long'; also, 'Vaccination is a potent medical procedure with both benefits and risks for the patient'; further that, 'Revaccination of patients with sufficient immunity does notadd measurably to their disease resistance, and may increase their risk of adverse post-vaccination events.'
Finally, he states that, 'Adverse events may be associated with the antigen, adjuvant, carrier, preservative or combination thereof. Possible adverse events include failure to immunize, anaphylaxis, immuno-suppression, autoimmune disorders, transient infections and/or long-term infected carrier states.'
The report of the American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Taskforce in JAAHA (39 March/April 2003) is also interesting reading: 'Current knowledge supports the statement that no vaccine is always safe, no vaccine is always protective and no vaccine is always indicated'; 'Misunderstanding, misinformation and the conservative nature of our profession have largely slowed adoption of protocols advocating decreased frequency of vaccination'; 'Immunological memory provides durations of immunity for core infectious diseases that far exceed the traditional recommendations for annual vaccination. This is supported by a growing body of veterinary information as well as well-developed epidemiological vigilance in human medicine that indicates immunity induced by vaccination is extremely long lasting and, in .most cases, lifelong.'
Further, the evidence shows that the duration of immunity for rabies vaccine, canine distemper vaccine, canine parvovirus vaccine, feline panleukopaenia vaccine, feline rhinotracheitis and feline calicivurus have all been demonstrated to be a minimum of seven years, by serology for rabies and challenge studies for all others.
The veterinary surgeons below fully accept that no single achievement has had greater impact on the lives and well-being of our patients, our clients and our ability to prevent infectious diseases than the developments in annual vaccines. We, however, fully support the recommendations and guidelines of the American Animal Hospitals Association Taskforce, to reduce vaccine protocols for dogs and cats such that booster vaccinations are only given every three years, and only for core vaccines unless otherwise scientifically justified.
We further suggest that the evidence currently available will soon lead tothe following facts being accepted:
* The immune systems of dogs and cats mature fully at six months and any modified live virus (MLV) vaccine given after that age produces immunitythat is good for the life of that pet.
* If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralize the antigens from the subsequent so there is little or no effect; the pet is not 'boosted', nor are more memory cells induced.
* Not only are annual boosters for canine parvovirus and distemper unnecessary, they subject the pet to potential risks of allergic reactions and immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia.
* There is no scientific documentation to back up label claims for annual administration of MLV vaccines.
* Puppies and kittens receive antibodies through their mothers' milk. This natural protection can last eight to 14 weeks.
* Puppies and kittens should NOT be vaccinated at less than eight weeks. Maternal immunity will neutralize the vaccine and little protection will be produced.
* Vaccination at six weeks will, however, DELAY the timing of the first effective vaccine.
* Vaccines given two weeks apart SUPPRESS rather than stimulate the immune system.
This would give possible new guidelines as follows:
1. A series of vaccinations is given starting at eight weeks of age (or preferably later) and given three to four weeks apart, up to 16 weeks ofage.
2. One further booster is given sometime after six months of age and will then provide life-long immunity.
In light of data now available showing the needless use and potential harm of annual vaccination, we call on our profession to cease the policy of annual vaccination.
Can we wonder that clients are losing faith in vaccination and researching the issue themselves? We think they are right to do so. Politics, tradition or the economic well-being of veterinary surgeons and pharmaceutical companies should not be a factor in making medical decisions.
It is accepted that the annual examination of a pet is advisable. We undervalue ourselves, however, if we hang this essential service on theback of vaccination and will ultimately suffer the consequences. Do we need to wait until we see actions against vets, such as those launched in the state of Texas by Dr Robert Rogers? He asserts that the present practice of marketing vaccinations for companion animals constitutes fraud by misrepresentation, fraud by silence and theft by deception.
The oath we take as newly-qualified veterinary surgeons is 'to help, or at least do no harm'. We wish to maintain our position within society, and be deserving of the trust placed in us as a profession. It is therefore our contention that those who continue to give annual vaccinations in the light of new evidence may well be acting contrary to the welfare of the animals committed to their care.
Richard Allport, BVetMed, MRCVS Sue Armstrong, MA BVetMed, MRCVS Mark Carpenter, BVetMed, MRCVS Sarah Fox-Chapman, MS, DVM, MRCVS Nichola Cornish, BVetMed, MRCVS Tim Couzens, BVetMed, MRCVS Chris Day, MA, VetMB, MRCVS Claire Davies, BVSc, MRCVS Mark Elliott, BVSc, MRCVS Peter Gregory, BVSc, MRCVS Lise Hansen, DVM, MRCVS John Hoare, BVSc, MRCVS Graham Hines, BVSc, MRCVS Megan Kearney, BVSc, MRCVS Michelle L'oste Brown, BVetMed, MRCVS Suzi McIntyre, BVSc, MRCVS Siobhan Menzies, BVM&S, MRCVS Nazrene Moosa, BVSc, MRCVS Mike Nolan, BVSc, MRCVS Ilse Pedler, MA, VetMB, BSc, MRCVS John Saxton, BVetMed, MRCVS Cheryl Sears, MVB, MRCVS Jane Seymour, BVSc, MRCVS Christine Shields, BVSc, MRCVS Suzannah Stacey, BVSc, MRCVS Phillip Stimpson, MA, VetMB, MRCVS Nick Thompson, BSc, BVM&S, MRCVS Lyn Thompson, BVSc, MRCVS Wendy Vere, VetMB, MA, MRCVS Anuska Viljoen, BVSc, MRCVS, and Wendy Vink, BVSc, MRCVS
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2005 07:47:22 -0600 From: "Sue Olmos" Subject: RE: Vets In UK Speak Out On Vaccines
Interesting and hopeful! Too bad they didn't hear Dr. Ron Schultz of UW Madison (a leading proponent of reduced vaccinations and head of research on topics such as vaccinosis), who suggested [strongly] that puppies be titered after the first set of 3 vaccines (parvo/distemper/adeno) finished by the 14-16 wk age. If titers show immunity, then no need for even the first year booster!
Sue Olmos, CTPM www.midstatesmyotherapy.com
THE BIG SCAM - RABIES VACCINATION By: Dr. John Fudens, D.V.M.
I would like to give you, the reader, the truth about the so called required vaccinations, particularly rabies. There are two basic forms of law. One is the legal Constitutional and Common law that this country was founded on, and the other is "colorable" law passed by Administrative agencies/bureaucrats who have been given so called authority to pass laws. Black's Law Dictionary 5th Edition defines colorable law as "That which is in appearance only, and not in reality, what purports to be, hence counterfeit, feigned, having the appearance of truth." Yes, I study the law, am a paralegal, and have an extensive law library.
So any and all mandatory rabies vaccination programs are colorable law, in that they have been passed and mandated upon the pet owning public by certain vested interest groups. Who are these groups? First and foremost are veterinarians, in general, and veterinarian medical organizations. Second are the local animal control personnel, bureaucrats and politicians. What are their reasons? GREED, POWER AND CONTROL. Both these large powerful interest groups stand to benefit greatly by having rabies mandated by colorable law.
Veterinarians receive a large percentage of both their gross income and profit from vaccines given in the office. On average vaccines cost 60 to 95 cents per dose and are charged to the client at $15 to $25 per injection and substantially more in the large cities. Therefore, if veterinarians lobby to have a colorable law passed to give rabies vaccine every year that enhances their financial picture.
The veterinary medical societies, by working with other groups and area politicians, are rewarded by increased prestige and professional standing in the community. After all we are protecting you from the dreaded disease rabies, whether it exists or not. Some areas of the country are more enlightened and fortunate to have the rabies vaccine mandated every three years. You can be assured the rise of rabies is never taken into account as to whether the vaccine should be required or not. More on this later. The local government personnel benefit by extending more control over our lives, enriching the public treasury with fees, tags and fines, and giving the appearance that local government is doing something about animal populations, disease and risks to the public. Since rabies vaccines have been mandated, what county or area has seen less dog and cat bites, better animal control, more public awareness and educating of pet owning responsibility, better birth control of unwanted animals, less euthanasia of animals and decreased growth of animal control facilities?
These special groups and lobbies will use any argument, realistic or not, to justify their position. They are excellent at using the media to spread the lies and distortions. Examples: We have increased numbers of dogs biting people, pitbulls attacking and killing children are on the increase, more dogs and cats are running loose terrorizing neighborhoods, killing wildlife and other domestic stock, etc...ad nausaem. The only thing rabies vaccination is for is the protection from rabies virus, all other justifiers for the vaccine fall under human control and exist because there are a certain number of humans, connected to animals, who are irresponsible. Rabies is spread by the bite of an infected animal. The number of dog/cat bite cases in the U.S. that expose humans to rabies is as rare as shark attacks. This low incident rate has nothing to do with mandatory vaccination as the number of cases was low before the mandatory requirement.
Let me give you an example of Pinellas County, FL where my Affinity Clinic is located. I secured information from Pinellas Animal Control through the Freedom of Information Act. The record of animal control starts in 1964. From 1964 to 1978 there were zero cases of dog rabies in the county. Magically in 1978 rabies vaccine was mandated to be given every year and all dogs tagged and licensed. WHY? Well it seems four veterinarians, with animal control bureaucrats, pushed the county board of supervisors to pass a law mandating rabies vaccination every year. There were three local vets and one professor from the State Veterinary College who were behind this. It was interesting reading their letters pushing this law and the minutes of the county meeting. There was talk of dogs biting people (no actual figures given), dogs running loose, animal overpopulation, rabies on the increase in the U.S. (the increase was in wildlife, not dogs), etc.,etc. Not once was the issue discussed that there was no rabies in the county in dogs. To this date there still has not been one case of dog rabies, including the population of dogs whose owners, GOD BLESS THEM, do not vaccinate for rabies. Let's go further.
From 1964 to 1989 there were no cases of rabies in cats in Pinellas County. Magically in 1989 a law was passed mandating rabies vaccination, tags and licenses for all cats. Same tired worn out excuses were used. Since the 1989 law there was one cat with rabies contracted from the bite of a bat. DO YOU READERS REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT I HAVE JUST STATED? This is standard throughout the Country. No allowance is made for dogs/cats who never leave the house or yard, could never be exposed to rabies under any circumstances, or who are so ill, old or at the end of their life cycle that the rabies vaccine would throw them over the edge. No, all dogs and cats are treated the same because we have the bogeyman, rabies, stalking the streets waiting to strike unprotected dogs and cats.
Is there rabies in this Country? You bet. Are there areas of this Country that have rabies in their wildlife population and do some dogs/cats become infected? You bet. But let's be realistic. Rabies has been on this earth long before man walked here and will be here long after we are gone. The only way to get rid of rabies is to remove mankind and the upper animals susceptible to the virus. Then maybe the virus will die off. It is a self limiting disease in the wild as it is fatal. So the virus has an extremely hard time spreading far and wide.
What is wrong with targeting those areas of the Country that have a problem with rabies using a realistic and specially formulated program that will protect the population at risk? Too logical and the special groups don't make any money. Why not educate the pet owner to the risks and dangers and let them decide whether the immune system damage from rabies vaccination is greater or lesser than contracting the disease. We do have a God given Constitutionally secured right to LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Public health officials always have the right to mandate emergency health care procedures in case the public, in general does not respond properly. But why should every day, month and year be as if an emergency or crisis exists? And why should we have more and more control of our lives taken from us?
The vaccines, particularly rabies, are a political and economic scam being forced upon pet owners because they do not know the truth. Rabies, nationwide, is nowhere near the problem the veterinarians, media, politicians and bureaucrats would like you to believe. If you wish more of the truth go to your local city or county government building and look up the codes and statutes concerning vaccines and rabies. Get figures from local animal control for rabies in dogs, cats and wildlife in your area. Then you can start to fight back, take control of your life, and protect your pet from the only dreaded disease that is important--special interest groups pushing their program leading to vaccine induced damaged immune systems. Only you can set yourself free.
Current Veterinary Therapy by Kirk, the textbook bible for veterinarians in general, has an article on canine and feline vaccines by two researchers. Near the end of the article is a paragraph called Annual Vaccinations. It states "The practice of annual vaccinations lacks scientific validity or verification. There is no immunological requirement for annual vaccinations. The practice of annual vaccinations should be considered of questionable efficacy unless it is used as a mechanism to provide an annual physical examination or is required by law." Sure, if we can't manipulate you with annual vaccinations let's pass a law to get you into the office. Nice trick! Well reader, it is your choice. I can only hope to stimulate you to look and go further. You don't have to take this suppression. Fight back. The only thing you have to lose is your freedom and you have already lost a great deal of it. I can fight with you but I can't do it alone.
Dr. Fudens can be contacted at the Affinity Holistic Clinic 1171 Lakeview Road, Clearwater, Florida
Reference article: Dodging the Rhino by Jennifer O. Bryant, Whole Horse Journal, December 1999
Well, here is a controversial subject. There are 2 different strains of this virus, rhinopneumonitis or equine herpesvirus, that seem to be of concern (there are actually 5 strains total). The EHV-1 is the one that causes spontaneous abortions, and can also cause encephalomyeltis. There are usually no outward symptoms. EHV-4 is the other common strain, which usually manifests as a simple cold. Since rhino is a virus, antibiotics do no good, the care is simple rest, keeping the horse warm and dry, and unstressed. There are 15 rhino vaccines on the market, but none are particularly effective at preventing the disease. At best, they may reduce the severity. Thevaccines do not develop the cellular immunity necessary to control the virus, and since they are an intramuscular vaccine, they do not build antibodies in the respiratory tract where they would be able to prevent the disease from taking hold. Dr. Ronald Schultz of University of Wisconsin-Madison, describes the risks from the vaccine as "mild to severe allergic reactions, viral latency, and abortion if given during pregnancy". Many people feel that since the vaccine has to be given 4 times a year or more since the duration is so short, that the risks of the vaccine outweigh the benefits. Dr. Schultz believes that if the vaccine is given at all, it should be given before breeding, not during pregnancy, and that most older horses who are not at risk do not need the vaccine. He might consider vaccinating horses under one year of age in a high risk environment. American Holistic Veterinary Medical President Dr. Joyce Harman believes that frequent vaccines of any kind weaken the immune system and thus perpetuate the very diseases they were designed to prevent. She feels most cases of rhino are minor, and disagrees with the use of antibiotics and Bute or Banamine. The fever is needed to "cook" the virus and antibiotics are ineffective against a virus, and only weaken the immune system more. She recommends boosting the immune system with vitamin C Ester C, Free and Easy, Super Stress or Hiscorbadyne would be good choices from our line of Dynamite products), and probiotics. Judy Sinner believes in raising young horses on Free and Easy or Ester C as a preventative, you get a double whammy of joint support and immune system support. Many bleeders are created when the horse has an upper respiratory disease as a youngster. At the first sign of a sniffle or cough, out comes the therapeutic level of Super Stress, and usually you are out of trouble in just a few days. Be sure to remember not to work the horse until all of the residual coughing has subsided. If a horse ever seems a little dull, temp him or her before riding that day. Personally, I have had abortions only years ago when I was giving the rhino vaccines. I stopped doing them 12 years ago, and have had no abortions or "colds" since............I am a believer in doing Dynamite SOD for 10 days before serious stress like a cross country haul, and keeping the competition horses on Free and Easy at all times in addition to the basic supplement.
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