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Kris Christine
3rd February 2008, 02:04 PM
My name is Kris L. Christine. I live in Maine and am the Founder and Co-Trustee of THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND (www.RabiesChallengeFund.org (http://www.RabiesChallengeFund.org)). My precious canine companion, Meadow, developed a malignant mast cell tumor directly on the site of his rabies shot at the age of 6 (syringe hole still visible in the tumor) and died in July after repeated surgeries failed to yield clean margins and the cancer metasticized throughout his body.

It is my goal to make available to all dog owners the scientific data on the known durations of immunity for canine vaccines and the adverse reactions associated with them so that they can make informed vaccine decisions for their beloved companions. In 2004 I launched a successful effort to change Maine's rabies immunization regulations for dogs from 2 to 3 years and insert a medical exemption clause; later that year Representative Peter Rines introduced the nation's first pet vaccine disclosure legislation on my behalf.

If anyone would like copies of the American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines, the 1992 French challenge study demonstrating that dogs were immune to a rabies challenge 5 years after vaccination, the 2003 Italian study documenting fibrosarcomas at the presumed injection sites of rabies vaccines in dogs, as well as Dr. W. Jean Dodds' papers on vaccinal adverse reactions, please e-mail me at ledgespring@lincoln.midcoast.com (ledgespring@lincoln.midcoast.com).

PERMISSION GRANTED TO CROSS-POST my vaccine informational posts

Duration of Immunity to Canine Vaccines: What We Know and Don't Know, Dr. Ronald Schultz http://www.cedarbayvet.com/duration_of_immunity.htm (http://www.cedarbayvet.com/duration_of_immunity.htm)

World Small Animal Veterinary Association 2007 Vaccine Guidelines http://www.wsava.org/SAC.htm (http://www.wsava.org/SAC.htm[/FONT]) Scroll down to Vaccine Guidelines 2007(PDF)

The 2003 American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines are accessible online at http://www.leerburg.com/special_report.htm (http://www.leerburg.com/special_report.htm)

The 2006 American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines are downloadable in PDF format at http://www.aahanet.org/PublicDocumen...s06Revised.pdf (http://www.aahanet.org/PublicDocumen...s06Revised.pdf)

Veterinarian, Dr. Robert Rogers,has an excellent presentation on veterinary vaccines at http://www.newvaccinationprotocols.com/ (http://www.newvaccinationprotocols.com/)

3rd February 2008, 04:56 PM
I know a lot of us would really like to see better studies on the duration of vaccines, especially rabies. Thanks for working towards this goal though I am very sorry that it was this terrible experience with Meadow that has you involved in this important work.

However, I'm curious why you are using the 2003 recommendations? These were revised in 2005 in light of additional research and were releasedin 2006 here, so people can download them directly :thmbsup::



AAHA released a new edition of its vaccine guidelines for dogs. The 2006 AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines are available in their entirety through the following PDF file. The executive summary of the guidelines was published in the March/April 2006 issues of Trends magazine and the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.

AAHA released its first set of canine vaccination guidelines in 2003. The AAHA Canine Vaccine Task Force reconvened in 2005 to re-examine and revise the guidelines to reflect changes in the areas of canine vaccines. Factors that contributed to the updating of the guidelines include the rise of well-documented duration of immunity studies, industry support of extended revaccination intervals, and developing areas of shelter medicine.

“To stay abreast of the changing landscape of vaccinations, it’s important for companion animal practitioners to review the updated guidelines,” said Daniel Aja, DVM, AAHA president. “We have gained new knowledge over the past three years – especially in the field of duration of immunity studies and shelter medicine. These important updates are well referenced and are reflected in the 2006 edition of our guidelines.”

The 2006 AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines include detailed recommendations on the use of available vaccines, which are classified as core (universally recommended), noncore (optional), or not recommended. Revised sections of the document include those addressing serologic testing, vaccine adverse events, the vaccine licensing process and the medical and legal implications of vaccine medicine.

The 28-page document contains a new section of guidelines that addresses vaccination of dogs entering or residing in animal shelter environments. Some of the core vaccination recommendations for shelter environments are slightly more aggressive than the guidelines presented for general veterinary practice.

Other new content covered in the document includes a section highlighting the science of vaccine development, specifically such technologies as live vectored, subunit, gene-deleted, and deoxyribonucleic acid vaccines. The document also addresses vaccines granted a conditional license by the US Department of Agriculture Center for Veterinary Biologics, which includes rattlesnake and periodontal disease vaccines.

The 2006 AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines are based on a combination of published and unpublished scientific studies, expert opinion and personal experience. The guidelines include a number of new citations that enhance and enforce the science on which the guidelines are based. The guidelines are intended to educate and inform the profession and help veterinarians make vaccine recommendations for individual dogs or in the case of a shelter situation, a population of dogs. The guidelines are not intended to be an AAHA standard of care.

“For private practitioners, vaccinations certainly remain a medical decision and procedure that should be individualized based on the risk and lifestyle of the individual dog,” says Aja. “Factors to consider include the age, breed, health status, environment, lifestyle, and travel habits of the dog.”

The 2006 AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines were developed by a task force composed of practitioners, internists, infectious disease experts, immunologists and those committed to the growing concern of the particular needs of shelter medicine. Task force members include Michael A. Paul, DVM, chair; Leland E. Carmichael, DVM, PhD, DACVM; Henry Childers, DVM, DABVP; Susan Cotter, DVM, DACVIM; Autumn Davidson, DVM, DACVIM; Richard Ford, DVM, DACVIM; Kate F. Hurley, DVM, MPVM; James A. Roth, DVM, PhD, DACVM; Ronald D. Schultz, PhD, DACVM; Eileen Thacker, DVM, DACVM; and Link Welborn, DVM, DABVP.


Kris Christine
3rd February 2008, 06:34 PM
Hi Karlin,

Yes, the AAHA Guidelines were revised and published in 2006. Because my testimony for LD 429 quoted from the 2003 version and I don't have time to go over the 2006 word for word to see what's been revised, I continue to send out the 2003 version.

The 2006 is a bit less frank, in my opinion, than the 2003 version, which was originally intended for the veterinary community only, and there were those in the veterinary profession who were not pleased at its contents being quoted. Some of the more volatile quotes from the earlier version (such as the one from Page 18 below) do not appear in the 2006 :

"However, the ethical issue that our profession struggles with today is whether economics justifies giving an animal a drug (vaccines are biologic drugs) that is not necessarily required. As a minimum, we should allow pet owners to make this choice rather than make it for them."