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26th February 2008, 04:51 PM
When I adopted Annie she had never had a rabies vaccine. She received the "one year" vaccine here last year and was to have the "three year" vaccine this month. I elected to have a rabies titer drawn and today I have the results from Kansas State U. and Annie has a high titer and doesn't need further rabies vaccine now :rah:. This is so terrific :D.

26th February 2008, 04:56 PM
The one and the three year are as far as I know, the exact same vaccine. It has been well proven that the 'one year' covers for at least three which is why rabies is only recommended by vet schools to be done every three years, no matter how the vaccine is labelled. They are just apparently marketed as two different vaccines depending on the market.

The problem may be with boarding kennels or local legal requirements as a titer may not be legally acceptable in areas that require an annual vaccine.

A titer was not acceptable for the Pet Passport scheme for example -- the vaccine had to be given within a year of applying for the passport scheme.

26th February 2008, 05:38 PM
I know about the one year-3 year issue-why I put it in quotes. Did see that titers are acceptable for some out of country travel at this time. Maybe the long term study on rabies vaccine will impact understanding re: vaccines. One can only hope :). Meanwhile, little Annie is free from possible side effects from a not needed vaccine and since any boarding is done at this vets, she's a winner today.

26th February 2008, 06:42 PM
I'm glad the study is being done and should produce some additional information. It is frustrating that so many boarding kennels etc remain unwilling to accept three year vax schedules for dogs, too!