rabies vaccine

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    rabies vaccine

    Hi Angell vet:

    Why don't vets routinely offer titers instead of the rabies vaccine for elderly or medically compromised pets, especially those weighing under 20 pounds or indoor pets?

    Current research indicates the vaccine is good for 5, 7, up to 10 years.

    I've read that the titers may be good for 3 years if the numbers are high.

    For example on the waiver a vet could note:

     Antibody titer is sufficiently high to protect against exposure to the disease---and that his immune system would be compromised by unnecessary further rabies vaccinations


    The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust will determine the duration of immunity conveyed by rabies vaccines. The goal is to extend the required interval for rabies boosters to 5 and then to 7 years.



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    Re: rabies vaccine

    Quote by Dr Jean Dodds

    "Rabies is the vaccine most associated with adverse reactions because its so potent, says renowned veterinarian Dr. Jean Dodds. We have a lot of bad reactions, including fatal ones. They usually occur within two to three weeks after vaccination, although they can appear up to 45 days later. Because the rabies vaccine is a neurogenic protein, meaning it affects the nervous system, what you will often see is seizures or seizure-like disorders like stumbling, ataxia, dementia, and some demyelination, where the animals become wobbly and dont have proper motor skills. You can also have an autoimmune-like destruction of tissues, skin, blood, joints, the liver or kidneys. Dr. Dodds adds that animals already ill with immune-related diseases such as cancer can be even more negatively affected. Often, this is the last thing that causes the animals demise." end quote


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    Re: rabies vaccine

    Hi Robin,

    The vaccination for rabies is governed by Massachusetts state law.  We do on occasion do Titers on pets we feel may be harmed by the vaccination (such as pets with a history of immune mediated diseases).  Some towns will accept Titers and some will not - so we have to ensure we're in compliance with the law.  Hope that helps clarify.


    Dr. Joel Kaye, Angell Animal Medical Center



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    Re: rabies vaccine

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    Re: rabies vaccine

    Massachusetts state law allows a medical exemption for the rabies vaccine waiver,  however it's becoming quite clear that most vets are reluctant to sign it.



      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (excerpt)    

    Immune-mediated diseases are conditions which result from abnormal activity of the body's immune system. The immune system may overreact (for example, immune-mediated contact dermatitis) or start attacking the body (for example, autoimmune hemolytic anemia). Autoimmune diseases are a subset of immune-mediated diseases.

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