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From: Debra Thomason
Date: 2001-05-20 15:34:00 UTC
Subject: Re: question re: vaccinations/3 year shots

In discussions/meetings with Texas zoonosis control officials, I heard the
following ideas offered. Their rules require that vaccines that are labeled
for 3-year duration of immunity be used for any species for which they
exist, but they also require ANNUAL vaccination with these vaccines. Their
rationale was that there are rabies epidemics in various areas of the state.
If animals were getting these 3-year vaccines when they got shots, the
likelihood of the animal being immune if an owner was late getting the next
year's vaccine (or none at all) was greatly improved, hence less chance to
spread the disease. So from a public health standpoint, they felt that
anything that would help broaden the pool of protected animals was good.

Debra in Fort Worth