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Modern vaccine technology has permitted us to protect companion animals effectively against serious infectious diseases. However, controversy surrounding canine vaccine issues exist. The challenge to produce effective and safe vaccines for the prevalent infectious diseases of animals has become increasingly difficult. In veterinary medicine, evidence implicating vaccines in triggering immune-mediated and other chronic disorders (vaccinosis) is compelling. While some of these problems have been traced to contaminated or poorly attenuated batches of vaccine that revert to virulence, others apparently reflect the host's genetic predisposition to react adversely upon receiving the single (monovalent) or multiple antigen "combo" (polyvalent) products given routinely to animals. Animals of certain susceptible breeds or families appear to be at increased risk for severe and lingering adverse reactions to vaccines.
Sponsor:e-Training for Dogs, Inc.
Speaker(s):Dr. W. Jean Dodd, DVM