Take a good look at the vaccine insert in this image. Do you see anything wrong with it? Here are some problems that we see with leaving vaccination decisions up to individual vets.
THE ASSOCIATIONS HAVE NO CONTROL
In the late 1970′s, vaccine researcher Dr Ronald Schultz discovered that rabies and the core vaccines last for the life of the animal in nearly all cases. In 2003, the veterinary associations suggested that animals shouldn’t be vaccinated annually but every three years (a completely arbitrary number by the way but it made the vets happy at the time).
The guidelines have been modified over time and now suggest that vaccine intervals can be longer than three years – but the AVMA and AAHA still leave the decision of how often to vaccinate up to the individual vets. Despite the AVMA’s following statement, they refuse to stop vets from over vaccinating:
“Misunderstanding, misinformation and the conservative nature of our profession have largely slowed adoption of protocols advocating decreased frequency of vaccination.”
THE VACCINE MANUFACTURERS DON’T CARE
The image in this post is from a vaccine insert. The vaccine manufacturer also states on the insert:
“You, the practicing veterinarian, are best qualified to make the final decisions for your own practice. You are charged with assessing your patients’ risk for infectious diseases.”
Let’s face it: the more often pets are vaccinated, the more money vaccine manufacturers make so they’re not going to tell the vets to vaccinate less often.
VETERINARY MALPRACTICE IS AN ILLUSION
If a vet chooses to vaccinate an animal more often than necessary, what legal action can be taken against them? Not much. First off, most animals are only worth a couple of hundred dollars at best and in most states, pet owners can’t sue for pain and suffering. Second, lawsuits against over vaccination have been largely unsuccessful – it’s virtually impossible to sue a vet for over vaccination and vaccine induced damage. So vets can choose to vaccinate as often as they wish, without any control from the veterinary associations or the vaccine manufacturers. This is called…
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
We’re not here to say that vets only care about money. But if they did, vaccines are a great way to make extra income from more office visits and from the vaccines themselves. In this light, is it really a good decision to allow vets to decide how often to vaccinate and how many vaccines to give when they make money from those decisions? Shouldn’t somebody who doesn’t profit from vaccine decisions have some say to stop the greedy vets and large corporations from over vaccinating animals? The largest veterinary conglomerate in the US still advocates annual vaccines and nobody can stop them (and they’re not about to change because they make a lot of money from annual vaccination)!
VETS AREN’T QUALIFIED TO MAKE VACCINE DECISIONS
What about the hard working vets who truly care about your animal? Surely they’re not over vaccinating? Well, yes they are – not out of greed but out of misunderstanding. Vets are taught only how to vaccinate and this is because this part of their school curriculum is taught by the vaccine manufacturers themselves, not a third party researcher who has no financial interest in how often vaccines are given.
Vaccine researcher, Dr Ronald Schultz confirms:
“Unfortunately not enough folks teaching immunology explain the process so students understand the complexities of vaccine-induced immunity, and there are significant differences between the mechanism of protective immunity to the same pathogen in a naïve vs. a vaccinated animal. I, in academia, accept some of the blame for the confusion, but I also place some of the blame on my colleagues in industry, especially those who market vaccines. They have done a much better job of educating practitioners to their way of selling vaccines than immunologists have done in teaching the facts about vaccine-induced immunity.”
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?