CANINE RABIES VACCINE CHALLENGE STUDIES BEGIN !

 

            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 trust 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 outmoded 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 requiring 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 concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies it is financing can be found at the fund’s website designed by volunteer Andrea Brin at:  http://www.RabiesChallengeFund.org  .

 

            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 trust 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 outmoded 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 requiring 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 concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies it is financing can be found at the fund’s website designed by volunteer Andrea Brin at:  www.RabiesChallengeFund.org.

 

Rabies Challenge Studies Media Coverage

 

 

The Rabies Challenge Animal Wise Radio Interview

http://www.animalarkshelter.org/animal/Animal+Wise+Segments.nsf/HighlightsListen?OpenForm&Segment=43AF377786A21CFC862573AC007EE99B&quot  (scroll down to The Rabies Challenge 12/9/07 to hear interview with Dr. Ronald Schultz and Kris L.Christine of The Rabies Challenge Fund)

Rabies Challenge Fund Reaches First-Year Goal:  http://www.mainelincolncountynews.com/index.cfm?ID=26297

Pets: Rabies vaccine research may save some pain  http://www.newsday.com/search/ny-lspets5278482jul02,0,6559208.column

How Often Does He REALLY Need a Rabies Shot? http://animalwellnessmagazine.com/m/m86/main.htm

 Get Out Your Wallets, Rabies Challenge Fund a Reality http://www.mainetoday.com/pets/dogslife/007915.html.  

 Are We Overvaccinating our Pets?  http://www.spanieljournal.com/28lbaughan.html 

 Nationwide Campaign Launched to Fund Rabies Vaccine Study http://www.mainelincolncountynews.com/index.cfm?ID=14204;  

 The Rabies Challenge Fund  http://blogs.mainetoday.com/dogslife/002976.html
 The Rabies Challenge Fund & Master Dog Training at the Womens Podcasting Expo - Show #42  http://www.replay-video.com/guide/index.php?start_page=http://applian.com/guide/view_podcast_details.php?show_id=2156.

US Declared Canine-Rabies Free -- CDC Announces at Inaugural World Rabies Day Symposium http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/2007/r070907.htm

 

Fort Dodge Rabies Vaccine Recall

 

    Fort Dodge issued a recall of its RabVac 3 TF serial number 873113A rabies vaccine on May 25, 2006 after a vaccinated dog contracted rabies (see The Charlotte Observer article at http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/business/14786163.htm also see Dogs Adverse Reactions webpage:  http://www.dogsadversereactions.com/RabvacRecall.html).  According to Fort Dodge's recall letter, this batch of vaccine "was released into the veterinary market in November 2004 and expires June 29, 2006."  Concerned pet owners or veterinarians can call  Fort Dodge about the recalled vaccine is 800-533-8536.  This link http://wyovet.uwyo.edu/Diseases_2006.asp will take you to the Wyoming State Vet Lab website which has posted the recall letter.  Just click on the appropriate icon.


Anyone wishing to have a copy of either the 1992 French challenge study data from a research team led by Michel Aubert in which dogs were demonstrated to be immune to a rabies challenge 5 years after vaccination, or Vascellari's study which documented cancerous tumors in dogs at presumed injection sites of rabies vaccine, please e-mail me. 

PERMISSION GRANTED TO POST AND CROSS-POST THIS MESSAGE  If you wish to be added to my e-mail list for updates on the Rabies Challenge Fund, please contact me at ledgespring@lincoln.midcoast.com .

 

       

Regards,  Kris L. Christine

Founder, Co-Trustee

The Rabies Challenge Fund

Donations can be sent to: 

The Rabies Challenge Fund

c/o Hemopet

11330 Markon Drive

Garden Grove, CA  92841

Online donations can be made at:  http://www.RabiesChallengeFund.org/donate.html

 

The following, along with many pet owners, trainers, breeders, and kennel owners, have contributed to The Rabies Challenge Fund:

 
Belleville and District Kennel Club
Dachshund Club of America Health and Welfare Trust Fund
Antelope Valley Kennel Club
Norwegian Elkhound Association of Minnesota

Kuvasz Club of America

Star of the North Chinese Shar-Pei Club

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America

American Shih Tzu Club

Akita Club of America

Great River Stockdog Club

Dog Agility Racing Team of Chino

Collie Club of Georgia

Chesapeake, Virginia Dog Fanciers Association

Capital City Cocker Club

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of SE Wisconsin

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Nashoba Valley

Leigh Valley Kennel Club

Kuvasz Fanciers of America

Kishwaukee Kennel Club

Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation

Kennel Club of Buffalo

Heart of Minnesota Great Dane Club

Pacific NW Jack Russell Terrier Rescue Network

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of Canada

Northern Illinois Schutzhund Club

Miniature Schnauzer Club of Southern California

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of the Greater Twin Cities

Great Plains Bearded Collie Club

Door County Scottie Rally

Great Dane Club of New England

Wachusett Kennel Club

Evergreen Empire Manchester Terrier Fanciers

Chicagoland Old English Sheepdog Club

Standard Schnauzer Club of Southern California

Staffordshire Terrier Club of America

Saint Bernard Club of America

Pacific Rim Golden Retriever Club

American Bulldog Association

Northeastern Indiana Kennel Club

The Alaskan Malamute Club

Saluki Club of Canada

Great Dane Club of America

Bernese Mountain Club of South Carolina

Lakeshore Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club

Iron Range Dog Training Club

Alaskan Malamute Club of America

Northeastern Indiana Kennel Club

Bernese Mountain Club of Northern California

Animal Farm Foundation

American Bullmastiff Association

Bichon Frise Club of America

Twin Cities Llasa Apso Club

Youngstown All-Breed Training Club

Valparaiso Kennel Club

Ochlockonee River Kennel Club of Florida

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America

Paw Print Dog Club

Health and Rescue Foundation of PBGVCA

Akita Welfare League

Greater Pittsburgh Golden Retriever Club

Dog Agility Racing Team of Chino

Western Reserve Kennel Club

Onondaga Kennel Association

Parson Russell Terrier Association of America

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Clug  of Southern California

Sporting Dog Fanciers of New Mexico

Lake Eustis Kennel Club

The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

Doberman Pinscher Club of America

National Labrador Retriever Club
Daybreak Kennel
Bearded Collie Club of America
Victory Crossroads Kennel Club
Potugusese Water Dog Club of Northern California
Bernese Mountain Dog Club of the Greater Twin Cities
Muncie Obedience Training Club
The National Capital Bearded Collie Club
Siberian Husky Health Foundation
Great River Stockdog Club
Gig HArbor Kennel Club
Krusin Kanines Agility Club
Paws Abilities Dog Training
Weimaraner Foundation Fund
Southland Weimaraner Club

Nutmeg Portuguese Water Dog Club, Inc.
Golden Gate Gordon Setter Club
St Louis Herding Club
Portuguese Water Dog Club of America
Chinese Crested Club of Southern California
Portuguese Water Dog Foundation, Inc

South Shore Kennel Club

German Pinscher Club of America

Orlando Dog Training Club

Clear Lake Kennels

Mid-Florida Shetland Sheepdog Club

Ridgeback Rodeo 2007

Chambersburg Area Kennel Club

Souhegan Kennel Club

United German Shepard Dog Alliance

Terra Cotta Kennels

Labrador Retriever Club of the Pioneer Valley

Chicagoland Dalmatian Club

Heart of Minnesota Great Dane Club, Inc.
Lehigh Valley Kennel Club
Siberian Husky Club of America, Inc.
St. Catherines Kennel Club
The Albany Obedience Club
Rio Salado Vizsla Club, Inc.
Durham Kennel Club, Inc.
Huntsville Obedience Training Club, Inc.
Kilshannagh Veterinary Clinic

Standard Schnauzer Club of Southern California

Paw Prints Dog Club

American Eskimo Dog Club of America

Raleigh Kennel Club