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Rabies Challenge kicks off fundraiser
ALNA - A world-renown vaccine research scientist has teamed up with a local woman to raise money to fund a seven-year rabies vaccine challenge study.
Dr. W. Jean Dodds of California and Alna resident Kris Christine are spearheading The Rabies Challenge Fund, an effort to raise $1.5 million to finance two concurrent canine rabies vaccine challenge studies - one for five years and another for seven years. In addition, the funds will pay for a study of canine rabies vaccine adjuvants and will set up a rabies vaccine adverse reactions reporting system.
The purpose is to determine, by challenge studies designed according to USDA acceptable federal licensing standards, if they confer immunity for five or seven years. To date, most states require rabies vaccination every three years, but some states still require annual rabies revaccination, even though the USDA licenses these vaccines for three years, according to Dodds.
”As rabies vaccines are known to elicit severe and even fatal adverse reactions, and are among the strongest vaccines antigenically and contain potent adjuvants to bolster their immunologic effect, giving them more often than truly needed is unwise, unnecessary, and can be unsafe,“ Dodds said.
Dr. Dodds received the D.V.M. degree with honors in 1964 from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Toronto. In 1965 she joined the New York State Health Department in Albany and began comparative studies of animals with inherited and acquired bleeding diseases. Her position there began as a Research Scientist and culminated as the chief of Laboratory of Hematology at the Wadsworth Center. In 1980 she also became Executive Director of the New York State Council on Human Blood and Transfusion Services. This work continued full-time until 1986 when she moved to Southern California to establish Hemopet, the first nonprofit national blood bank program for animals.
She supported Wiscasset Rep. Peter Rines' proposed legislation ”LD 429, An Act to Require Veterinarians to Provide Vaccine Disclosure Forms,“ aimed at providing information regarding proven or demonstrated durations of immunity as well as advantages and disadvantages of vaccines. A legislative committee recommended that the proposal ought not to pass, but asked Maine veterinarians to voluntarily provide such information to pet owners. Veterinarians were asked to report back to the committee in December, 2005.
Cynics have said the real reason some states still hold out for the annual rabies revaccination is to generate additional licensing revenue, Dodds said.
According to an August 2004 Veterinary Economics cover story entitled Targeting Changing Vaccine Protocols, ”In the 1970s and 1980s many veterinarians derived a substantial percent of their total incomes from vaccinating dogs and cats.“ Roger F. Cummings and James E. Guenther wrote that ”in many practices today, the vaccination reminder is the one thing that drives visits from healthy pets.“
The only vaccination for pets required by Maine law is rabies immunization, according to Maine Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Robert Gholson. It's difficult to determine how often cats and dogs receive vaccinations because recommendations are driven by the drug manufacturers, Gholson said in an earlier interview. He said veterinarians will take those recommendations into account as well as the pets' lifestyles, but discussing vaccinations with clients can be difficult.
Christine, who inadvertently learned her veterinarian administered an unneeded vaccination to her dog, Meadow, said the challenge study is long overdue.
”We need to make it safe, which I believe the study will help with and determine how long these vaccines provide immunity,“ Christine said.
Funds raised will be donated to veterinary medical universities in the United States to conduct the scientific studies and to set up the adverse reporting system.
Since setting up the bank account in mid-September, about $2,500 has been raised so far. The funds are being collected and deposited into a separately designated bank account (Rabies Challenge Fund) by Dodds' Hemopet staff. Both Christine and Dodds are in the process of setting up a separate 501(c)(3) charitable trust for this fund. Funds raised will be donated to veterinary medical universities in the United States to conduct the scientific studies.
”Certainly, veterinarians are aware of the adverse reactions that can occur after rabies and other vaccinations in dogs and cats,“ Dodds said. ”The public is the body most motivated to address the issues here, because it is some of their beloved companions that have suffered by the existing regulations.“
Donations may be sent to: The Rabies Challenge Fund, c/o Hemopet, 11330 Markon Drive, Garden Grove, CA, 92841.
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posted 10/04/05 with permission from author:
Greetings!Important news for companion animal owners about a 7 year canine rabies vaccine challenge fund and a national pet vaccine class action lawsuit (see below and read Kay Liss's story Nationwide Campaign Launched to Fund Rabies Vaccine Study in the Lincoln County News at http://www.mainelincolncountynews.com/index.cfm?ID=14204; Denise Flaim's 9/19/05 story Challenging the Rabies Vaccine in Newsday http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-lspets4432971sep19,0,1274963.column and Nancy Freedman Smith's Story in Maine Today, News, The Rabies Challenge Fund http://blogs.mainetoday.com/dogslife/002976.html) -- permission is granted to post and cross-post this message. Please help to spread the word so we can get these studies underway as soon as possible.Anyone wishing to have a copy of 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, please e-mail me.Regards, Kris Christine
The Rabies Challenge Fund
World-renowned vaccine research scientist and practicing veterinarian, Dr. W. Jean Dodds of California, and pet vaccine disclosure advocate, Kris L. Christine of Maine, have established The Rabies Challenge Fund to raise money to fund a 7 year canine rabies vaccine challenge study in the United States.
In addition to the challenge study, the fund will finance a study of the adjuvants used in veterinary rabies vaccines and establish a rabies vaccine adverse reaction reporting system.
Nationally, rabies vaccination is the one immunization required by law to be administered annually or triennially to domestic dogs and cats. Researchers believe this vaccine causes the most and worst adverse reactions in animals. The Rabies Challenge Fund has been founded to improve the safety of rabies vaccines and to determine, by challenge, if they confer immunity for 5 or 7 years.
The Rabies Challenge Fund’s first official sponsors are Deb Odom (
) and Dawn Turner ( Florida ), who have committed to donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their pet vaccine informed consent posters and informational flyers. Arizona
Donations can be sent to THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND, c/o Hemopet,
11330 Markon Drive, Garden Grove, CA 92841.
TheRabies Challenge Fund poster designed by fund sponsor Deb Odom is accessible at http://www.zbirdbrain.com/PetAdvocatesTownHallCisSupport.htm
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