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Old August 1st 03, 12:21 AM
Elizabeth DeLeo
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Sorry if this has been addressed before but just received it from a friend.


Vaccination Protocols
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The following is taken from the April/May Newsletter of the Senior
Dogs Project:
Vaccinations: All Veterinary Schools in North America Changing
Vaccination Protocols

Recent editions of the Senior Dogs Project's newsletter have reported
on the ever-broadening trend of eliminating vaccinations for adult dogs,
except for rabies, where required by state law.

We have now had a report that all 27 veterinary schools in North
America are in the process of changing their protocols for vaccinating
dogs and cats. Here, in a nutshell, are the new guidelines under
"Dogs and cats immune systems mature fully at 6 months. If a modified live
virus (MLV) vaccine is given after 6 months of age, it produces immunity,
which is good for the life of the pet (i.e., canine distemper, parvo, feline
distemper). If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies
from the first vaccine neutralize the antigens of the second vaccine and
there is little
or no effect. The titer is not 'boosted' nor are more memory cells induced.

"Not only are annual boosters for parvo and distemper unnecessary, they
subject the pet to potential risks of allergic reactions and immune-mediated
anemia. There is no scientific documentation to back up label claims for
annual administration
of MLV vaccines.

Puppies receive antibodies through their mothers milk.
This natural protection can last 8-14 weeks. Puppies and kittens should
NOT be vaccinated at LESS than 8 weeks. Maternal immunity
will neutralize the vaccine and little protection (0-38%) will be
produced. Vaccination at 6 weeks will, however, delay the timing of the
first highly effective vaccine. Vaccinations given 2 weeks apart
suppress rather than stimulate the immune system. A series of
vaccinations is given starting at 8 weeks and given 3-4 weeks apart up
to 16 weeks of age.
Another vaccination given sometime after 6 months of age (usually at 1 year
4 months)
will provide lifetime immunity."


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