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#1 Old 12-01-2007, 06:53 PM
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Got this in my e-mail today...


The Rabies Challenge Fund is pleased to announce that the canine rabies


studies have begun!!! Permission is granted to post and cross-post the text

of our press

release below.

Regards, Kris L. Christine

Founder, Co-Trustee

The Rabies Challenge Fund



One of the most important vaccine research studies in veterinary medicine is

underway at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in

Madison. Dr. Ronald Schultz, a leading authority on veterinary vaccines and

Chair of the Department of

Pathobiological Sciences, has begun concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies to

determine the long-term duration of immunity of the canine rabies vaccine, with

the goal of extending the state-mandated interval for boosters. These will be

the first long-term challenge studies on the canine rabies vaccine to be

published in the

United States.

Dr. Schultz comments that: "We are all very excited to start this study that

will hopefully

demonstrate that rabies vaccines can provide a minimum of 7 years of immunity."

This research is being financed by The Rabies Challenge Fund, a charitable


founded by pet vaccine disclosure advocate Kris L. Christine of Maine, who

serves as Co-Trustee with world-renowned veterinary research scientist and

practicing clinician, Dr. W. Jean Dodds of Hemopet in California. The Rabies

Challenge Fund recently met its goal of $177,000 to fund the studies' first year

budget with contributions from dog owners, canine groups, trainers,

veterinarians, and small businesses. Annual budget goals of $150,000 for the

studies must be met in the future.

Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM states: "This is the first time in my 43 years of

involvement in

veterinary issues that what started as a grass-roots effort to change an


regulation affecting animals will be addressed scientifically by an acknowledged

expert to

benefit all canines in the future."

Scientific data published in 1992 by Michel Aubert and his research team

demonstrated that dogs were immune to a rabies challenge 5 years after

vaccination, while Dr. Schultz's

serological studies documented antibody titer counts at levels known to confer

immunity to

rabies 7 years post-vaccination. This data strongly suggests that state laws


annual or triennial rabies boosters for dogs are redundant. Because the rabies

vaccine is the most potent of the veterinary vaccines and associated with

significant adverse reactions, it should not be given more often than is

necessary to maintain immunity. Adverse

reactions such autoimmune diseases affecting the thyroid, joints, blood, eyes,

skin, kidney, liver, bowel and central nervous system; anaphylactic shock;

aggression; seizures; epilepsy; and fibrosarcomas at injection sites are linked

to rabies vaccinations.

Study co-trustee Kris Christine adds: "Because the USDA does not require vaccine

manufacturers to provide long-term duration of immunity studies documenting

maximum effectiveness when licensing their products, concerned dog owners have

contributed the money to fund this research themselves. We want to ensure that

rabies immunization laws are based upon independent, long-term scientific data."

More information and regular updates on The Rabies Challenge Fund and the


5 and 7 year challenge studies it is financing can be found at the fund's

website designed by volunteer Andrea Brin at:

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#2 Old 12-01-2007, 06:59 PM
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This is interesting! I have been vaccinating my pets less than every year after witnessing some bad reactions to vaccines.

I used to volunteer at a vet's office and they said that vaccines likely provide protection for at least a couple of years but the recommendation for yearly vaccines is used because it gets people to bring their pets in for their yearly check up. Giving vaccines makes them feel like the vet is actually "doing something" for the animal.

It will be nice to have some research to back this up. I don't give myself any more vaccines than I need and I like to do the same for my critters.
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#3 Old 12-02-2007, 03:51 AM
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My cats get their rabies vaccinations every three years.
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