In 2008, Elizabeth Hart’s dog died within days of recieving an annual booster on “core” vaccines. Vaccination boosters are not only unnecessary but in most cases cause adverse reactions and even death. This devestaing experience, started Elizabeth on a long journey of exhaustive research and frustrated dealings with the veterinary profession and regulators.
The basic issue, she believes, is one of informed consent and that pet owners should be properly informed of the risks.
Elizabeth states: “my argument is against unnecessary vaccination of pets that have already responded to core vaccination, as the World Small Animal Veterinary Associationâ€™s (WSAVA) Guidelines for the Vaccination of Dogs and Cats note that â€œâ€¦duration of immunity (DOI) is many years and may be up to the lifetime of the pet.â€ (Ref: WSAVA 2010 guidelines: http://www.wsava.org/PDF/Misc/VaccinationGuidelines2010.pdf)
It is unacceptable that dogs be subjected to unnecessary interventions that can cause harm. The â€˜informed consentâ€™ of the pet owner should be obtained before any intervention takes place.
If pet owners want to verify that their dog has responded to core vaccination, they can opt for a titre test. (I understand titre testing is available for around $90-$100 from some vets.) I have seen no evidence that repeated titre testing is necessary.
On the topic of adverse reactions to vaccination, the WSAVA 2010 guidelines acknowledge that â€œthere is gross under-reporting of adverse events which impedes knowledge of the ongoing safety of these products”.
The WSAVA 2010 guidelines also warn â€œwe should aim to reduce the â€˜vaccine loadâ€™ on individual animals in order to minimize the potential for adverse reactions to vaccine products.â€
As for your reference to the Australian Veterinary Association and evidence based science, I have been in contact with the AVA for nearly two years on this topic. For further information, please refer to my open letter to the AVA dated 6 May 2010 which includes discussion on evidence based medicine, professional responsibility, â€˜informed consentâ€™ and ethics: http://users.on.net/~peter.hart/Open_letter_to_the_AVA_re_continuing_unnecessary_vax_May_2010.pdf “
For more information on the dangers of vaccines, here is a list of recorded webinars with Dr. Patricia Jordan and Dr. Stephen Blake:
Dr Patricia Jordan – Mark Of the Beast – The dangers of vaccines for our pets
Dr Patricia Jordan- Vaccine Insights
Are Vaccines killing our pets?
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