Veterinarians to Provide Vaccine Disclosure Forms
Kris Christine’s son, Cole, is a contributing cartoonist to the Lincoln County Weekly.
Reprinted with permission
In a recent legislative session, LD 429, An Act to Require Veterinarians to Provide Vaccine Disclosure Forms, was referred to the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee. Risks associated with vaccinations, and how best to inform pet owners of these risks, were discussed. Dr. Ron Schultz and Dr. Ellis presented information and differing views on vaccination protocol.
The result is that the Maine Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee “strongly recommended” - in a formal letter to the Maine Veterinary Medical Association - that veterinarians give pet owners vaccine disclosure information regarding the duration of immunity of the vaccines, advantages and disadvantages of vaccines, and adverse side effects associated with them.
The proposal came after Kris Christine of Alna, Maine, said her veterinarian administered a vaccination her pet did not need - the dog suffered from an adverse reaction that led to cancer and subsequent removal of part of the leg. Kris believes that most veterinarians will not voluntarily provide disclosure, and expects that it will be necessary for the Committee to introduce the bill in December. If veterinarians refuse to disclose vaccination information, pet owners are encouraged to contact their representatives. As Christine puts it, “Pet owners are entitled to full disclosure. They deserve to know how long these vaccines have been proven for immunity.” And any risks should always be made clear to owners as well.
Other states are beginning to follow suit.
For more information:
Vaccination often Good for Life: www.newsday.com
No Vaccines for us this Year: http://blogs.mainetoday.com/dogslife/001539.shtml
Vaccinating Pets Could Do More Harm than Good (NBC Channel 4 Los Angeles) www.nbc4.tv/news/4448558/detail.html
Suspicious Shots: www.consciouschoice.com/2005/cc1803/suspiciousshots1803.html
Veterinarian warns over-vaccination can harm pets www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3408959&nav=0RaPaSJX
Are Annual Pet Vaccines Necessary? www.prevention.com/article/0,5778,s1-6-81-118-3844-1,00.html
Can Vaccinating Pets Make them Sick? www.nbcsandiego.com/news/4501426/detail.html
Targeting changing vaccine protocols: www.vetmedpub.com/stu/target.html
Improving Veterinarians' Income a Top Goal of AVMA President-elect candidate Childers www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/mar04/040315g.asp
What Do We Tell Our Clients?, www.dvmnewsmagazine.com/dvm/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=61696
Developing Common Sense Strategies for Fiscal Responsibility: www.dvmnewsmagazine.com/dvm/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=61694
AAHA Wraps Up Canine Vaccine Guidelines: www.dvmnewsmagazine.com/dvm/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=46546