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What Every Vet (And Pet Owner) Should Know About Vaccines

dog-vetAre you and your vet at odds about how often your dog should be vaccinated for the core vaccines?  We’re here to help.

First, it is important to understand that the core vaccines are not required by law – only rabies can be.  Nobody can force you to vaccinate your dog with any other vaccine.  This is a decision best left up to you and your vet.  Before that decision is made however, make certain that you are both aware of the duration of immunity of those vaccines and the potentially lethal consequences of giving just one vaccine too many.

More is not better

When it comes to immunity and duration of immunity for vaccines, there is one clear expert.  Dr Ronald D Schultz is one of perhaps three or four researchers doing challenge studies on veterinary vaccines – and he has been doing these studies for 40 years.  It is Dr Schultz’s work that prompted the AAHA and AVMA to re-evaluate vaccine schedules.  In 2003, The American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Taskforce warned vets in JAAHA (39 March/April 2003) that ‘Misunderstanding, misinformation and the conservative nature of our profession have largely slowed adoption of protocols advocating decreased frequency of vaccination’; ‘Immunological memory provides durations of immunity for core infectious diseases that far exceed the traditional recommendations for annual vaccination.’

‘This is supported by a growing body of veterinary information  as well-developed epidemiological vigilance in human medicine that indicates immunity induced by vaccination is extremely long lasting and, in most cases, lifelong.’

“The recommendation for annual re-vaccination is a practice that was officially started in 1978.”  says Dr Schultz.  “This recommendation was made without any scientific validation of the need to booster immunity so frequently. In fact the presence of good humoral antibody levels blocks the anamnestic response to vaccine boosters just as maternal antibody blocks the response in some young animals.”

He adds:  “The patient receives no benefit and may be placed at serious risk when an unnecessary vaccine is given. Few or no scientific studies have demonstrated a need for cats or dogs to be revaccinated. Annual vaccination for diseases caused by CDV, CPV2, FPLP and FeLV has not been shown to provide a level of immunity any different from the immunity in an animal vaccinated and immunized at an early age and challenged years later. We have found that annual revaccination with the vaccines that provide long-term immunity provides no demonstrable benefit.”

Below is the result of duration of immunity testing on over 1,000 dogs.  Both challenge (exposure to the real virus) and serology (antibody titer results) are shown below:

Table 1: Minimum Duration of Immunity for Canine Vaccines
Minimum Duration of Immunity
Methods Used to Determine Immunity
Canine Distemper Virus (CDV)
Rockbom Strain 7 yrs / 15 yrs challenge / serology
Onderstepoort Strain 5 yrs / 9 yrs challenge / serology
Canine Adenovirus-2 (CAV-2) 7 yrs / 9 yrs challenge-CAV-1 / serology
Canine Parvovirus-2 (CAV-2) 7 yrs challenge / serology


It is important to note that this is the MINIMUM duration of immunity.  These ceilings reflect not the duration of immunity, rather the duration of the studies.

Dr Schultz explains “It is important to understand that these are minimum DOI’s and longer studies have not been done with certain of the above products. It is possible that some or all of these products will provide lifelong immunity.”

Dr Schultz has seen these results repeated over the years.  In 2010, he published the following with newer generation, recombinant vaccines.  It is important to note that not only did the vaccines provide protection for a minimum of 4 to 5 years, it did so in 100% of the dogs tested.


Vaccine Dangers

Why is it important to understand Dr Schultz’s work?  Because vaccines can create very real health problems in dogs.  It is important that vaccines are only given when necessary because every vaccine has the potential to kill the patient or create debilitating chronic diseases including cancer and allergies.

Below is a list of potential adverse vaccine reactions, according to Dr Schultz:

Common Reactions:

  • Lethargy
  • Hair loss, hair color change at injection site
  • Fever
  • Soreness
  • Stiffness
  • Refusal to eat
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Sneezing
  • Oral ulcers

Moderate Reactions:

  • Immunosupression
  • Behavioral changes
  • Vitiligo
  • Weight loss (Cachexia)
  • Reduced milk production
  • Lameness
  • Granulomas/abscesses
  • Hives
  • Facial edema
  • Atopy
  • Respiratory disease
  • Allergic uveitis (Blue Eye)

Severe Reactions triggered by Vaccines:

  • Vaccine injection site sarcomas
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Arthritis, polyarthritis
  • HOD hypertrophy osteodystrophy
  • Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
  • Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia (IMTP)
  • Hemolytic disease of the newborn (Neonatal Isoerythrolysis)
  • Thyroiditis
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Disease or enhanced disease which with the vaccine was designed to prevent
  • Myocarditis
  • Post vaccinal encephalitis or polyneuritis
  • Seizures
  • Abortion, congenital anomalies, embryonic/fetal death, failure to conceive

Dr Schultz summarizes his 40 years of research with the following:

“Only one dose of the modified-live canine ‘core’ vaccine (against CDV, CAV-2 and CPV-2) or modified-live feline ‘core’ vaccine (against FPV, FCV and FHV), when administered at 16 weeks or older, will provide long lasting (many years to a lifetime) immunity in a very high percentage of animals.”

We understand vets are frightened because they have seen animals die and suffer from preventable disease.  Vaccine-induced diseases are also deadly and they are also preventable.  Our companion animals rely on vets to make the right decisions when it comes to vaccines.  We are begging vets to stand up and take notice – our pets’ lives depend on it.

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  • 68 Responses to What Every Vet (And Pet Owner) Should Know About Vaccines

    1. Jette

      Thank you for this eye-opening article on vaccines! Could you give us the link to Dr Schultz’s scientific publication from 2010 you are referring to in this article? Tried finding it on ScienceDirect.com, but I am not sure which one is it.

    2. Diane Hull

      My vet insists on distemper and kennel cough if the dog is boarded at his facility. Is he just doing this to get more money or is there a valid reason for this ?

      • Dogs Naturally Magazine

        Diane, we don’t know why he’s asking for those vaccines, but there is no scientific validity to repeating the distemper vaccine and Ronald Schultz, the preeminent vaccine researcher states that kennel cough is not a vaccinatable disease. Moreover, it would be very stressful to board a pet at a veterinary clinic – why not find a house sitter or a boarding facility where your dog won’t be stressed out, wondering what’s going to happen to him. The vet clinic is a stressful – and disease-ridden – place for your dog to “vacation.”

    3. My daughter had her 2 year old greyhound yearly booster 3 days later she droped dead so we would not have them done again

    4. Sherri

      I am in the middle of getting my puppy vaccinated. I have to get them all or the Vet will not Spay her later on. I went through this with my other dog. But now that my older dog is spayed I only get the Rabies. And I have to get that or they will not give me the Heartguard. I also hate giving her Heartgard, but I am in Louisiana and a lot of dogs here get heart worms.

      • Bonnie Yagiela

        Are you able to find another vet? Can you at least copy the articles to send to him so he can get the correct information? Perhaps you can get thin neutered somewhere else?

    5. Annemarie Mayers

      How about the leptospirose vaccine?

    6. Lisa Brown

      My 7 month min pen had her 2nd Provo shot yesterday. No sooner did we arrive home and she was bouncing off the walls with such a hyper ness. She had the need to chew on anything she could get in her mouth. We gave her a bowl of ice and she went through it. We could not consol her as we could not hold her. It was awful to watch. I ended up giving her benadryl. It helped to calm her down.

      The vet said this had nothing to do with her being given the Provo shot. I was wondering if this is common?

      After receiving her first Provo shot she did throw up and was lethargic for the first 24 hours.

      I look forward to hearing back from anyone that has some information on this. I’m so afraid to give her any more shots.


    7. Chris Rell

      Thank you for creating this site and everyone making all the informative posts. I love my dog and would never want to blindly/unintentionally do anything to harm her. It seems giving her annual injections may be doing just that – shortening her life. I have a vet appointment (for annual vaccinations) this weekend and because I read this article I will ask them for a titers/Vaccicheck instead. If they don’t do it, I will find another vet. Anyone know if there is a listing of holistic/informed vets by state?

    8. Nicole

      Hi, I have two dogs, a mutt that is 5 yrs old and a havanese that is 3, and 5 cats ranging in age between 1.5 yrs and 14 yrs old. I volunteer at the Arizona Humane Society and my vet knows this. My vet tells me all the time that because I can bring home so many things for dogs and cats that they have to get all these vaccines. As a vet tech student I am nervous to do so because of side effects. I do not use flea/ tick or heartworm prevention. OK well I have used an all natural flea/ tick thing once because the older dog had a tick. I was wondering, in my situation, what vaccines they REALLY need? Also, any joint supplement ideas because the havanese has a bad knee (from injury as a puppy) but is allergic to glucosomine? Thanks.

      • Becky Reed

        I give my dog rabies every year. I give the shop vaccine every 3 years up to the age of 9 years. I don’t give bordetella cause I font board nor does my dogs go where others are. I do give heartworm preventative. I encourage you and everyone to do so. I have seen first hand the detriminal symptoms can bring and the treatment is very expensive, its not worth letting your dog suffer to save money or out of preference of being all natural. You can get a rather less inexpensive heartworm treatment for about 30.00 for a six month supply.

    9. John

      In August of 2013 I had taken my two Boston Terriers to the vet to have their rabies vaccinations administered as it is required in my county to obtain their license. Had I known that I could of just requested a titers on them I would of had. Within 6 weeks after the vaccinations were given, the 10 year old Boston started to have seizures.
      He had never had them before and was always very healthy up to that point. His seizures then got progressively worse and then more frequent. My vet prescribed Diazapam to help stop the seizures but the medication did not help. It just seemed to make it worse. furthermore, my dog was lethargic and limp from the medication. After only 2 months he passed away. I was devistated. From now on I will always request a titer as I lost my dog.
      And for this I have learned a very valuable lesson as a pet owner. I will follow my own instincts to protect my pets from now on. If my dog was never administered the vaccine maybe he would still be here today. He was the most loyal companion.

      • ralph gonzales

        hi i dont understand what you mean by titer i have 4 chuihuahuas and wouldnt want anything happening to them thankyou.the little one always gets so sick after the rabies shot

        • Julie Blackwlder

          Ralph, When it comes time for your Chi to have shots, tell the vet you want to have titers checked instead. (Ask up front how much this will cost.) Then if the blood shows that they are still protected, get the vet to write a note on his letterhead saying that, and attach a copy of the bloodwork results the vet got from the lab. It will likely cost more than just going ahead with the shots, but it may save the little ones life.

        • Titers are found in the blood and indicate a previous exposure to a disease. Immunization causes titers. Titers in the blood mean that the body recognizes that particular disease and will send antibodies to fight it. This is a simple explanation o f a complicated process, but basically, if your pet has titers for a certain disease, he doesn’t need to be vaccinated for it.

    10. Mary Ayres

      I am just questioning the Heartgard pill that is supposed to cover dogs from – 25 to 50 lbs! My Icelandic Sheepdog is only 32 lbs. This does not make sense. I only gave him half a pill, this month, and I hate using the Avantix. We live in an area that is heavy with ticks, and I feel like I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t!! Now I read all this information on this site, and I don’t know what to do? My dog is almost two years old. “You” are saying, that I don’t need to give any more vaccines from now on? I should get a titer done once a year? Forget the Heartgard too? I do have to kennel my dog occasionally, and I am pretty she she wants the Kennel Cough vaccine, but if I can show from the titer that my dog still has antibodies, should that not be enough? I do highly recommend reading, Pukka’s Promise by Ted Kerasote, he addresses all these issues to. The whole book is dedicated to having longer lived dogs and I am going to reread it!! Thanks. Mary

      • Dogs Naturally Magazine

        Hi Mary
        Those are all very valid options that many pet owners follow. The core vaccines (this doesn’t include bordetella or Lyme) do offer lifelong immunity. Bordetella, according to vaccine researcher Dr Ronald Schultz isn’t something pet owners should give because kennel cough “isn’t a vaccinatable disease.”

      • Murphys

        I do not vaccinate against kennel cough – I had a dog come to me having received the vaccination. 4 months later we had KC run thru the rescue and yep even the dog that had been vaccinated got it. Never again will any of my dogs receive that one

      • Mary, though I agree whole heartedly with the article on the core vaccines, do not translate that to heartworm medication.
        After a puppy receives the originally 3 puppy shots, I generally will do a 1yr from there and then nothing until they are about 6yrs and then one and nothing more. I have all large dogs, so their life expectancy doesn’t really go past 12 years or so.
        Heartworm medication has to be given all the time though or your dog is susceptible to the disease. There are alternatives to Heartguard though if you’d like to utilize something else more cost efficient or natural. Flea medication as well. There are alternatives to the chemical treatments.
        As far as bordatella (for kennel cough), its a joke. I’ve run a rescue for 15 years and in my experience, bordatella gives them kennel cough, not prevents it.
        We’ve seen our share of parvo, even distemper, unfortunately in rescue, so I urge everyone to do 3sets of puppy shots by 16 weeks of age, but after that, use whatever you can that is natural and not chemical. Having mainly retrievers, I’m so tired of seeing so many die of cancer caused by the chemicals in their food and shots.

    11. Vicki Gibson

      I am in tears after reading this article and comments. My 4 yr old Flatcoat Retriever had to be put down last September because of a confirmed sarcoma. I noticed what I assumed was a sebaceous cyst, as did the vet when I took him in for his annual. On impulse the vet decided to biopsy it and came back as a sarcoma. I was told it was not operative and neither chemo nor radiation would help, and that from the time of discovery to death could be as little as 4 months. I had him euthanized at home and cremated, never even considering autopsy. For all intents and purposes, he appeared healthy right up to the end. The exception being only a slight loss of appetite and slowing activity. I still have his brother, and although I will never know now if this was due to vaccine injection site sarcoma, I will NEVER risk another vaccination again! This article was a real eye-opener.

    12. I’ve been following your articles regularly, but must admit that all the vaccine talk has got me totally confused. Is there a simple chart that you guys offer as a vaccine schedule?

      I rescued a pregnant dog and she gave birth to 7 puppies. They are now almost 8 weeks. 4 of the puppies have been adopted. I have not given any vaccines to any of them yet. I feel like I don’t know what to do for them. I would be devastated if any died from the lack of vaccines and equally devastated if they died FROM the vaccines. They all nursed up to 7 weeks.

        • Tyler

          I was reading that guide.

          It says to get 1 vaccine for Parvo, Distemper, and Adenovirus at 12 weeks.

          So you give the puppy 3 different vaccines on the same day? or is it a combination 3 in 1? or do you spread it out withing that 12 week every few days?

          If you get it from a breeder he does some of the shots at 8 weeks to start whats the best way to handle this?

    13. Jennifer

      So the State of Michigan mandates rabies vaccines, but just one dose can kill a healthy dog. What to do? What about splitting the amount in several injections? Any Vetrinary docs out there with a thought about this? Thanks!

      • Robert Moore, DVM

        To everyone reading this reply….The “facts” noted on this site, especially those regarding vaccination, are a particularly dangerous mix of fact and fiction, which have the overall effect of sounding true and authoritative. In general, animal lovers think about things incorrectly. We (yes, I include myself as an animal lover) tend to think with our hearts, and think about the individual as opposed to the “herd”. Most vaccinations are not necessarily targeted to promote the health of the individual, but to offer the best protection for the others of the species. So yes, vaccine reactions/adverse events do happen unfortunately, although at a rather low overall rate. BUT….what would the situation be without vaccines? There would be millions of animals dying from otherwise preventable diseases (dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, etc), with some of those diseases being transmissible to humans. Without vaccinations, our world would be a much more bleak place, with skyrocketing human healthcare costs (exponentially more than seen now), major food supply issues, and a lack of affordable veterinary care (treating these diseases is WAY more expensive than preventing them).

        So my point is this: Vaccinate your pets, and do so in accordance with veterinary recommendations. These recommendations are constantly being reviewed and altered to keep pace with the most current research. Our goal as veterinarians is not to give needless vaccinations in a money-grabbing plot, but to vaccinate animals to prevent disease, using the most up-to-date protocols available.

        • Dogs Naturally Magazine

          Hi Dr Moore
          Thanks for chiming in. I wonder, where is the proof that vaccines have directly caused the decline in preventable disease? There’s nothing in human studies to show this, and in fact, many diseases actually spiked after mass vaccination programs. While conventional practitioners like to believe this is the case, diseases such as polio were already in decline before the vaccine was introduced. This has been shown to be true for most modern vaccines.

          As for herd immunity, you’re taking this outside of it’s context. Herd immunity refers to naturally acquired immunity (as in the natural decline of diseases before mass vaccination), not vaccine-induced immunity (and the two are very different, thanks to humeral bias). Many people don’t know this but the original strain of parvovirus that killed so many dogs is still around today – and it’s not covered by the parvo vaccine. Yet dogs rarely show any symptoms at all when exposed to it. THIS is herd immunity, not the false vaccine-induced immunity that leads to mutation and keeps the virus in the environment, mutating and infecting generations of dogs that should otherwise have been immune to it.

          My final point – veterinary recommendations are reviewed and altered to keep pace with the most current research? Really? Because veterinary immunologist Dr Ronald Schultz would disagree with you. Vets were presented with evidence of lifelong immunity nearly 40 years ago and finally in 2003, pulled the arbitrary number of “three years” out of thin air as a revaccination guideline. This was reported by task force member Dr Richard Ford.

          I agree your goal is probably not to give needless vaccinations in a money-grabbing plot. However, I do disagree that you are preventing disease and using the most up-to-date protocols when you’re repeating the core vaccines when there is no research backing this schedule (nothing – zip, zero, zilch). In the words of Dr Schultz, this is indefensible.


          Dana Scott
          Editor in Chief

          • Beckie Frohock, RNC-NIC, BSN


            I respectfully need to say that there is much research out there (even a few Cochrane Reviews) on human vaccination needs and the CDC and WHO do have information on the re-emerging of diseases we vaccinate for. In the human world there is a need for “herd” vaccination due to the need to protect those children who are immuno-suppressed and can’t be vaccinated. There is once again a push from parents of children who have had a intensive care stay due to preventable disease to vaccinate you children. There were many parents that followed the erroneous advise of Jenny McCarthy and her “doctor” to not vaccinate. And now we have a resurgence of preventable disease. Now children are dying from those terrible diseases such as pertussis, Whooping Cough, Polio, and others.

            In support of vets out there, the human medical community does what they can to help their patients. But we don’t know everything. We do our best, and I am sure vets are the same. There just isn’t enough truly good research out there and those that are doing research must do their study in large enough numbers to show significance. That can take many years and we don’t want to unnecessarily harm our patients. And I am SURE many vets are the same. They got into Veterinary Medicine to help animals not to hurt them.


            Beckie Frohock, RNC-NIC, BSN

            • Dogs Naturally Magazine

              Hi Beckie

              Are the recently reported measles outbreaks in the U.S. being caused by the failure to vaccinate, or the failure of the vaccine? Shockingly, clinically confirmed reports of measles vaccine failure in fully vaccinated populations stretch back a quarter of a century from around the world.

              In a recent CNN Health opinion piece too easily confused with reporting titled, US measles cases in 2013 may be the worst in 17 years, Elizabeth Cohen, CNN’s Senior Medical Correspondent, blames the 159 cases of measles the CDC reported occurring from Jan. 1 through Aug. 24th on “visitors from countries where measles is common” and “vaccine objectors within the United States.”

              What makes her conspicuously non-referenced statistics so disturbing is that she is ignoring a substantial body of literature, including peer-reviewed and published epidemiological and clinical studies, indicating that the recent measles outbreaks are just as likely caused by the failure of the vaccine as by presumably irrational and/or irresponsible parents exercising their legal right and responsibility to choose whether or not to vaccine their children.

              Let’s fill in the data that so obviously got flushed down the memory hole by this irresponsible piece of CNN ‘reporting.’

              First, we should acknowledge one underreported fact of immunology: vaccine-induced antibody elevations do not guarantee real world protection against the pathogen the vaccine is intended to immunize us against, which is the only true measure of their value.

              This is not a new observation. It goes back decades, with a 1990 study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases finding that even though 95% of a population of urban African children had measles antibodies after vaccination, vaccine efficacy was not more than 68%.[1]

              Or, take a look at 2008 study that found that even when the measles vaccine successfully generates an elevation of measles specific antibodies 20.7% (6 out of 29) have non-protective titers.[2] Or, one from 1988 that found that within a highly vaccinated community experiencing an outbreak of measles, antibody responses to measles could be found in 100% of the unvaccinated versus only 89.2% of the vaccinated. They conclude: “[A] history of prior measles vaccination is not always associated with immunity nor with the presence of specific antibodies.[3]
              Again, the point remains the same: vaccine-induced synthetic immunity does not guarantee real world protection, and certainly not with anything near 100% effectiveness, despite what the CDC, vaccine manufacturers or mainstream news reports imply by blaming the non-vaccinated for vaccine-failure associated outbreaks.

              Read our report on the groundbreaking 2011 study published in the journal Immunity that challenges the primary antibody-based justification for vaccination if you need a more in-depth explanation of this critical point.
              Second, there is plenty of research available today demonstrating that the adverse health effects associated with the measles vaccine, and particularly the trivalent mumps, measles, rubella combination vaccine,[4] may far outweigh their purported therapeutic effects, that even if a vaccine is successful at preventing and/or delaying infection from measles this does not mean that this will improve the overall health of those vaccinated. To the contrary, it has been known for several decades that the administration of measles vaccine in underdeveloped countries may actually be resulting in higher infant mortality rates.[5] [6] This has, in fact, been a persistent criticism levied against UNICEF’s vaccine-heavy strategy in certain regions of Africa, which appear to have increased mortality rates.[7] UNICEF is not solely to blame, as there are quite a few ‘charitable health organizations’ patting each other on the back for ‘saving lives’ by reducing ‘vaccine-preventable diseases,’ at the very moment that mortality from vaccine-associated adverse effects are increasing. This is exactly what’s so deranged about the Global Polio Eradication campaign, whose claim to have virtually eradicated wild-type polio in India obscures the fact that the live vaccine-specific strain of polio, believed to be twice as lethal as the natural form, may now be causing close to 48,000 cases of polio vaccine associated injury a year.
              Measles Vaccine Failures Documented for A Quarter of A Century, Around the World

              Now to the heart of the problem with CNN’s article. Throughout the real (not imaginary) history of the measles vaccine, failure after failure has been recorded, starting with:

              1985, Texas, USA: According to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1987, “An outbreak of measles occurred among adolescents in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the spring of 1985, even though vaccination requirements for school attendance had been thoroughly enforced.” They concluded: “We conclude that outbreaks of measles can occur in secondary schools, even when more than 99 percent of the students have been vaccinated and more than 95 percent are immune.”[8]

              1985, Montana, USA: According to an article published in the American Journal of Epidemiology titled, “A persistent outbreak of measles despite appropriate prevention and control measures,” an outbreak of 137 cases of measles occurred in Montana. School records indicated that 98.7% of students were appropriately vaccinated, leading the researchers to conclude: “This outbreak suggests that measles transmission may persist in some settings despite appropriate implementation of the current measles elimination strategy.”[9]

              1988, Colorado, USA: According to an article published in the American Journal of Public Health in 1991, “early 1988 an outbreak of 84 measles cases occurred at a college in Colorado in which over 98 percent of students had documentation of adequate measles immunity … due to an immunization requirement in effect since 1986. They concluded: “…measles outbreaks can occur among highly vaccinated college populations.”[10]

              1989, Quebec, Canada: According to an article published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health in 1991, a 1989 measles outbreak was “largely attributed to an incomplete vaccination coverage,” but following an extensive review the researchers concluded “Incomplete vaccination coverage is not a valid explanation for the Quebec City measles outbreak.[11]

              1991-1992, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: According to an article published in the journal Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical, in a measles outbreak from March 1991 to April 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, 76.4% of those suspected to be infected had received measles vaccine before their first birthday. [12]

              1992, Cape Town, South Africa: According to an article published in the South African Medical Journal in 1994, “[In] August 1992 an outbreak occurred, with cases reported at many schools in children presumably immunised.” Immunization coverage for measles was found to be 91%, and vaccine efficacy found to be only 79%, leading them to conclude that primary and secondary vaccine failure was a possible explanation for the outbreak

              These six outbreaks are by no means exhaustive of the biomedical literature, but illustrate just how mislead the general public is about the effectiveness of measles vaccines, and the CDC’s immunization agenda in general. No amount of ignoring history will erase the fact that vaccination does not equal immunization. The superstitious and ironically non-evidence-based faith in the infallibility of vaccines speaks volumes to why the growing movement to educate the public about the true nature of vaccines is increasingly labeled “anti-vaccine,” when in fact it is pro-vaccine awareness. UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation can continue to label those who bring the peer-reviewed ‘evidence’ to the public’s attention as ‘liars’ or ‘child killers, as Bill Gates said in a CNN interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. But all this does is increase the public’s suspicion of the real agenda behind their ostensibly charitable plea to save the poor and the needy from the hell of disease, instead of focusing on improving their most basic living conditions, nutrition, sanitation, etc., and making inroads to reduce the geopolitical violence that is ruining the lives of hundreds of millions. Measles is a real disease with real adverse health effects, some of which can be life threatening. But our immune status, as with all infectious diseases, determines susceptibility and whether or not a disease will be mild or lethal. You can’t vaccinate away conditions that lead to compromised immunity, nor can you immunize folks against the desire to pursue the truth about vaccines. Learn more on our research vaccine database: Health Guide: Vaccine Research

              [1] P Aaby, K Knudsen, T G Jensen, J Thårup, A Poulsen, M Sodemann, M C da Silva, H Whittle. Measles incidence, vaccine efficacy, and mortality in two urban African areas with high vaccination coverage. J Infect Dis. 1990 Nov ;162(5):1043-8. PMID: 2230232
              [2] Inácio M Mandomando, Denise Naniche, Marcela F Pasetti, Xavier Vallès, Lilian Cuberos, Ariel Nhacolo, Karen L Kotloff, Helder Martins, Myron M Levine, Pedro Alonso. Measles-specific neutralizing antibodies in rural Mozambique: seroprevalence and presence in breast milk. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2008 Nov;79(5):787-92. PMID: 18981523
              [3] L Sekla, W Stackiw, G Eibisch, I Johnson. An evaluation of measles serodiagnosis during an outbreak in a vaccinated community. Clin Invest Med. 1988 Aug ;11(4):304-9. PMID: 3168353
              [4] GreenMedInfo.com > Research > Problematic Actions > Vaccination: Measles-Mumps-Rubella: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/anti-therapeutic-action/vaccination-mumps-measles-rubella-mmr
              [5] A J Hall, F T Cutts. Lessons from measles vaccination in developing countries. BMJ. 1993 Nov 20;307(6915):1294-5. PMID: 8257878
              [6] Peter Aaby, Henrik Jensen, Francois Simondon, Hilton Whittle. High-titer measles vaccination before 9 months of age and increased female mortality: do we have an explanation? Semin Pediatr Infect Dis. 2003 Jul;14(3):220-32. PMID: 12913835
              [7] BBC New, Unicef child-death campaign in Africa ‘failed,’ Jan. 2010
              [8] T L Gustafson, A W Lievens, P A Brunell, R G Moellenberg, C M Buttery, L M Sehulster. Measles outbreak in a fully immunized secondary-school population. N Engl J Med. 1987 Mar 26 ;316(13):771-4. PMID: 3821823
              [9] R M Davis, E D Whitman, W A Orenstein, S R Preblud, L E Markowitz, A R Hinman. A persistent outbreak of measles despite appropriate prevention and control measures. Am J Epidemiol. 1987 Sep ;126(3):438-49. PMID: 3618578
              [10] B S Hersh, L E Markowitz, R E Hoffman, D R Hoff, M J Doran, J C Fleishman, S R Preblud, W A Orenstein. A measles outbreak at a college with a prematriculation immunization requirement. Am J Public Health. 1991 Mar ;81(3):360-4. PMID: 1994745
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        • Heather

          Unfortunately, there are many Vets who still do not follow the most current protocols. It is time that all Vets adopt current recommendations and do what is right. I am a breeder and often show my dogs. I do vaccinated my puppies, but no longer vaccinate any dogs over two years of age. With the number of dogs shows, classes etc. that my dogs visit, one would think they would have contracted something by now. The fact is that I have several dogs that are from 2-10 years old and they have never contracted parvo. I have had kennel cough here, brought back from shows, three times. The dogs have never been vaccinated for it and have now developed their own immunity. I haven’t had kennel cough here for four years. The last time we brought it home from a dog show, it lasted two days and three of seven dogs got it. They were younger dogs that weren’t exposed previously. One of the newer Vets in the clinic I go to suggested to me that 2.5 year old bitch that I was going to breed should be vaccinated every year!

          • Tom English

            Was it explained to you why you were given the recommendation of annual vaccinations for your breeding bitch?

          • Anne

            The long comparison to measles is based on a lack of information. Measles vaccinations are less effective today because the formulation was changed in response to complaints about vaccine reactions (consisting of pain-at-site, and fever). The new formulation is less effective because it is a killed vaccine. There is a push for the return of the live, very effective vaccine. MMR vax does have a higher reaction rate, but normally the reactions are transient and minor. When the current MMR is combined with the varicella vaccination as MMR-V, there is a much higher reaction rate. Herd immunity is either naturally acquired or induced through vaccination. Again, it requires education – the study of randomized trials – not anecdotes.

        • t

          Thanks for being a voice of reason, Dr. Moore. Anecdotal evidence is scary and yes, these side effects can occur but you should get your information from people whose sources are more recent than a decade ago. Medicine- vaccines especially- have changed since 2003!

        • Anne

          Thank you Dr. Moore! The promulgation of partial-truths is unethical. Please, people, educate yourselves. Yes, this will take work on your part, but in the end, you will be a partner in your pet’s health. Adverse reactions do occur, but are very rare. Most of the common vaccines are very, very safe and have been in use a long time – enough time that their safety and effectiveness can be proven. Immunity can last, but not usually for the lifetime of the animal. Parasite prevention must be administered regularly – like heartworm and flea treatments. Meds like Sentinel and Advantix are very, very safe – some of the newer meds have not had a long enough run yet to know – so do your homework and don’t let emotional scare tactics compromise your pet’s health – or yours. Some illnesses can be transmitted from your dog to you – and can be very serious (like Leptosirosis) or fatal (like rabies). Titers are expensive, but a responsible choice.

      • Yes, you can also Titer for rabies immunity. My vet write a letter for me to enable me to obtain dog licenses.

    14. Kathy

      Hi All – I also have had issues with the Rabies vaccination. I had a beautiful Black and White Basenji girl who was only four. I didn’t want to vacinate her at all as she already got a bunch of them when she was a puppy before I got her. I eat organic and feed my dogs organic and knew the danger of vaccinating her but the time came when I had to make a choice of fighting with the town about it and getting fines or doing what was right by my dog. Being in a bind, I gave in and did what the lawn required and gave her the first rabies vaccination and hoped that she would be ok. We came home and she was very lathargic, sleeping a lot and not eating. I called the vet and they said to watch her. She started eating again but was being nasty and grouchy and not the same. Day 6 she went after my sixteen year old male basenji and had him upside down and she had him by his throat with her mouth and almost killed him. She wouldn’t get off of him and finally I scooped her up with my foot and picked up my old guy who was in shock. Then my little chihuahua came around the corner to see what was going on and she charged at him. I was able to pick him up in time and pushed her away. That day I had to put my baby to sleep because I feel – she got the rabies or symptoms from the vaccine as she never did anything like that before and she just got the rabies vaccination six days before. She was in a frenzie and I could hardly stop her. It was so scarey. I still cry because I miss her so much. It should never have happened and we all should stand by what is right by our pets and fight the system for our pets sake. If we don’t, nothing will change and our animals will keep getting sick or worse. Please everyone voice your opinions. And now I am up against this again with my Pomeranian as I haven’t given her any shots, she already had a lot when she was a puppy – she is 10 pounds and they want to give her the same amount that a 120 pound dog would get. Does that make any sense? No. I am not sure what is going to happen but I am trying to get the vet to give me a letter so I don’t have to do it. Any suggestions, anyone? Thank you. Kathy

      • Betty

        I had the very same experience. In Alberta, Canada rabies is not required by law. But I didn’t know that at the time and went along with the vet. My puppy German Sheppard received a rabies vaccine at 8 weeks by his breeder and another at 12 weeks, along with his puppy shots. By the time this dog was 3 months old, he was already displaying aggression towards every one and every dog he was near, without fail, whether he was in the house, watching out the window and escaping out the door when we went for the mail, or jumping at the windshield wipers in the car, or gluing his nose to the inside vehicle windows to bark at passersby, this dog was crazy mean. He lived up to his name, Mars, God of WAR! No one would come near me when I had him on leash. I took him to 1 full year of weekly training & obedience classes, and he was good in the training centre, we even won an award for best improved, but Mars reverted to his old ways the minute we left the centre and we were alone together. He bit two people and altho this next incident was an accident, he put his paws on my neighbors knees and she fell backwards and broke her shoulder bone, I could have been sued. I finally had enough, the liability was too great. I am convinced he was suffering from vaccinosis from rabies vaccines. Now I know better and never give my dogs rabies, or anything other than the basic puppy shots for parvo & distemper, and then that’s it. What came out of all this, I was introduced to the Bernese Mountain Dog breed, and the best breeder ever, Dianne. We brought home the most beautiful, loving, kind, thoughtful and devoted puppy, Forest, and he lived with us for 9 years. Not a mean bone in his body, and poor Forest endured an attack while going for a walk around the block, by another German Sheppard, 70lbs verses Forest’s 145lbs, this Sheppard’s gate wasn’t locked and he came after us, and chewed up Forest’s neck pretty good, while he lay there with his nails into the concrete and cried. I was “frozen” and yelling at the girl to “get him OFF” which she finally did, and yes, the owner, who wasn’t there at the time, was charged with failing to control his dog, and for the attack itself, and thankfully, Forest received no puncture wounds, but he was likely quite bruised from the attack. If you want the best dog ever, experience the Bernese Mountain Dog, they are raw fed, with blended veggies, and NO SHOTS, and have the best personality of any breed I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. Sadly Forest passed in Mar/12 and now I have a Yorkie Maltese Cross, Spanky.
        And he is not getting any more shots other than the puppy shots we gave him. Lessons learned!

    15. Ive not vaccinated for 8 years now, I have a 1 year old JRT that as not been vaccinated for rabies
      and will not do it, add to many adverse reations in the past it scares me.
      I want to thank Dr Shultz and DNM for this article
      and will give it to every one that tells me that vaccines are good and not dangerous
      I always get comments about what I do I dont mind its the health of my pets that counts
      and I dont to titers eigther

      • Dawn

        Anyone who has to vaccinate should have already have a homeopathic vet. The HVet can prescribe holistic remedies in advance to help reduce any vacinosis adverse reactions.

        We have a Westie who has experienced vaccine adverse reactions, which is why I have dedicated our family to a more holistic approach to our lives. We all eat organic and species appropriate. I have refused vaccines when taking an ill pet to the vet. A compromised immune system is not the time to play catch-up with perceived annual vaccinations. The vet should not quibble with that. If he or she does, time to find a new vet.

        Many times the mandatory annuals are due to the cities wanting their annual license fees.

        Again, do your best to avoid, but if absolutely necessary follow up with holistic remedies to counter balance the vaccine.

        • Dogs Naturally Magazine

          Hi Dawn
          Homeopathy doesn’t work this way. Because it is based on the individual dog and not a disease, it’s impossible to give a remedy before vaccination and know it will add any value. The remedies are best used after vaccination, and based on whatever reactions the dog has had to the vaccine. Ultimately however, they remedies can only do so much – it’s much better to avoid the vaccine whenever possible.

    16. Lindsay Berly

      I only titer now. My old male border collie was regularly vaccinated and one year the injection went from between his sholder blades to his leg. When I questioned this the vet told me “if he develops a reaction we can amputate the leg” START THE CAR!!!!!!!!!!!

    17. Carmen

      Hi there! I have a 10 week old chihuahua pup (4lbs so she is larger sized) who was vaccinated from the breeder at 6 weeks for distemper and parvo. I would like to take a conservative/holistic approach to vaccination and am wondering what your opinion is on the future vaccinations for my pup. So as I understand it, 6 weeks was way too early to have given vaccines anyways as maternal anitbodies likely countered the vaccine. Is that correct? And if so, then if I vaccinate at 12 weeks for distemper and parvo, is she likely good or does she require booster of that? Or is it possible that she does not need any further vaccination at all and that she may have enough immunity from the 6 week vaccines? What would you do?

      • Leann

        I have the same issue. Help us!

    18. KIM CRUDO

      In reference to the Titer testing, they can do that on all the required annual vaccines ?

      • Dogs Naturally
        Dogs Naturally

        Kim, there are no required annual vaccines. If you are in the US, the only vaccine that is required is rabies and I believe the 3 year is accepted in all states now. However, titers are available for all the core vaccines and the new Canine Vaccicheck is an inexpensive alternative to titers and does all the core vaccines.

    19. Max

      “Soft Tissue Sarcomas” – http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/72217.htm

      “Three forms of fibrosarcoma are recognized in cats: a multicentric form in the young (generally 70% within 1 yr of the initial surgery). The rate of recurrence is >90% for vaccine-associated sarcomas. Even when surgical excision is clinically and histologically complete, recurrence is still the rule.”

      VACCINES CAUSE CANCER. SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.noble-leon.com/resourcesAdvanced/vaccines.html

      “Do Vaccines Cause Cancer” – http://www.noble-leon.com/letters/vaccines-p1.html
      “Why Are We Over-Vaccinating? – http://www.noble-leon.com/letters/vaccines-p3.html

      COLLECTION OF HELPFUL ARTICLES AND WEBSITES THAT PERTAIN TO VACCINES: http://www.noble-leon.com/resourcesLayman/vaccines.html

    20. Barbara DeVille

      I work at a daycare and boarding faciliy. We accept titers from all our clients. The only thing we demand is a fecal check every six months to rule out parasites. We check every dog for fleas and ticks before they go back into the boarding/daycare area. In order to protect your facility from an outbreak you must have some vaccination requirements in place. A pet sitter is an alternative but they charge by the visit and some times can be just as costly and your pet is alone all day. It is a personal decision based on your situation. Our boarding dogs are in daycare all day, playing and being loved by our handlers!

    21. Maralise

      I have a 13.5 week puppy who had a DHPP at 7 wks. I know it was too early. I’m wondering if I should have her titered, or just the same at 16 weeks, and call it good. Of course, it’s been suggested she get the DHLPP at that time. I don’t think that’s necessary. ?? Thanks.

    22. KIM CRUDO

      You don’t have a choice when you are using a Boarding Facility, Training Facility, they will not take you without those vaccines give annually. When is the standard going to change? How do we get the standard to change?

      • Dogs Naturally
        Dogs Naturally

        Of course, you have a choice – and when you start executing that choice, they will change their policy. Instead of a boarding facility, hire someone who will come into your home to watch your dogs – they are less expensive than you would think. Alternately, hire a veterinary student, they are always looking for extra cash.
        In regard to Training facilities, opt instead for private lessons or support only those who will not demand harmful vaccinations. I’m afraid that is the only way things will change. If you (and all of us) continue to go and abide by their rules, then there is no impetus for change. Like the vets, they need to suffer financially before they stand up and take notice. As long as we do nothing, nothing will change.

      • I have a boarding kennel and dont ask for kennel cough
        I ask only for 1 rabies and 1 dhpp nothing else for the life of the dog
        I go take courses and I tell them I dont vaccinate if they want me as a client
        well they wont ask me for it and Im willing to sign anyting they want
        releaving them of what ever they are scared of

    23. Seriously, almost EVERYTHING we see in veterinary medicine is vaccine induced disease. My colleagues have also found this to be true now that we see that the un natural immune assault from vaccination is actually mistuning the immune system. In most cases it takes a healthy Th1 cell mediated immune system and replaces that with a very unhealthy chronically inflammed Th 2 humoral immune bias. Then most of the medicines that are given, antibiotics, NSAIDS, steroids, immunosuppressive and even chemotherapy like Atopica, this is all the answers to take synthetic chemicals and try to reduce the upregulated IgE and other immune reactions made dysfunctional with the injection of vaccines. This is a very very very sad fact, an inconveninet truth. Even the appearance of parasites in heavily vaccinated populations that now have a dysfunctional immune system due to unsafe and unecessary vaccine administration. The vaccines, will ruin a cellmediated immune system rendering it paralyzed and make a mucosal immune system atrophied. They also get cytotoxic T cells and damage to the organs that are indeed there following vaccination, the development of auto antibodies something that happens with vaccinated populations. So much of disease that we see is Type I – IV hypersensitivity reaction, immune mediated, autoimmune , cancer, or the allergies, asthma, atopy, anaphylaxis and exchema from aluminum in vaccines. It is a very inconvenient truth.Never ever let your vet get away without filing these as adverse events following vaccination.
      Dr. Jordan

    24. Wendy

      Great article, good information. However I have heard Dr. Schultz state one dose on or after 12 weeks of age. So is the 16 weeks stated in this article a change in his view, or just an error in the article?

      • Dogs Naturally
        Dogs Naturally

        In the case of parvo, puppies can still have sufficient maternal antibodies at 12 weeks to block the vaccine. A large number of vaccinated puppies were still getting parvo and, given the fact that maternal antibodies for parvo can last weeks in some puppies, Dr. Schultz has changed his recommendation.

    25. Deborah Foley

      My 7 yr old English Springer Spaniel got his boosters and rabies at the same time back in 2009 (not knowing what I know now about vaccines), had a lump there for a few months and was told it was nothing. 3 months later he was diagnosed with stage 2 Lymphoma. After much research it was determined that the multiple vaccines given was most likely the cause of the rapid spread of his cancer. I now do not give boosters to any of my dogs. Instead I have titre tests taken on my dogs-the tests has always come back with complete immunity to the diseases. My Cocker is now 6 years old and has not needed ANY boosters. Think about how many needless vaccines he would have gotten if I would have just done what the vet suggested!!!!!

    26. Barbara DeVille

      My 9 month old beagle had his first seizure after his rabies booster. He no longer gets any vaccinations, flea & tick medication or heartworm meds. He is on a raw diet and lots of supplements, potassium bromide and Lepsilyte. (skullcap & valerian) His seizures are much milder now but he still has episodes. My other two dogs will only get titers from now on as well. Dog owners need to educate themselves and not just trust what their vets tell them. If you love your pets, do your homework!

    27. Pamela Tucker

      Will this be published in a future issue of DNM?

      My papillon had a severe reaction to rabies vaccine.
      I would like for his vet to do more research. Any suggestions?

    28. Doris Sturm

      Thank you for this information. I have seen many pets getting abscesses from vaccines, especially when injected in the same place year after year!


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