I would like to make you aware that the American Association of Feline Practitioners , The Academy of Veterinary Internal Medicine, The American Animal Hospital Association, The American Veterinary Medical Association , Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, and 22 Veterinary Schools in North America have changed their recommended protocols for vaccinating cats & dogs.(6, 15, 21) Our knowledge about immunity and the quality of available vaccines has improved greatly over the past seven years.
The AVMA Council on Biologic and
Therapeutic Agents (COBTA) presented their consensus at the July, 2000 137th Annual
When an annual booster vaccination
with a modified live virus
vaccine (i.e. Distemper , Parvovirus or Fe Distemper) is given
to a previously vaccinated adult animal - no added
protection is provided. Modified live virus vaccines depend on the
replication of the virus for a response. Antibodies from previous
vaccines do not allow the new virus to replicate. Antibody titers are not
boosted significantly, memory cell populations are not expanded. No additional protection is
important for the prevention of diseases. Annual physical exams at the time of vaccination
help improve health by the early detection of treatable disease and
contribute to the overall quality of life.
This new information has presented an ethical and economic challenge to veterinarians. There are skeptics, and there are those who remain un-informed. I think you will agree with me that in the practice of medicine, the emphasis should be on safety, and that no medicine should be given more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than is necessary.
Some organizations have come up with a political compromise suggesting vaccinations every 3 years (15-p41) to appease those who fear loss of income vs. those concerned about potential side effects. Politics, traditions, or the doctor's economic well being should not be a factor in medical decisions.
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