Message Number: YG5359 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-07-10 23:25:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Rabies reactions (IMRAB 3)

>--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., trecianussbaumer@n... wrote:
>> I recently took my furbabies in for their distemper vaccines. One
>of my boys reacted severly to Fervac. After the experience, thinking
>I had almost killed my baby, my gut feeling is to never vaccinate him
>again. However there is pressure to vaccinate for Rabies for legal
>> I am at a loss. Please help.
>I hope one or more of the vets will address this, becasue they are
>the ones that can best answer your concerns.
>However, my personal experience is that while reactions to Imrab 3 do
>occur, they occur at a much lower rate. In recent years I have had a
>number of ferrets have severe reactions to Fervac, to the point that
>now that I am no longer showing, I use Galaxy D. I have never had
>one of my kids have a reaction to Imrab 3, and I currently have 23
>ferrets, and all are vaccinated yearly, except my one that is sick
>from ADV. I do know of people that have had ferrets react to Imrab
>3, though, and to Galaxy as well.
>I live in an area that has a big problem with rabies, and live near
>park land with lots of raccoons, skunks and foxes. Each year we hear
>about animals killed in our neighborhood that prove to have rabies.
>For this reason, I feel the need to vaccinate. If one of my kids
>ever escaped, I want to know that if it comes home it will not have

In 19 years of having ferrets we have had four who reacted to CD
vaccines, but only one who also reacted to the rabies vaccine, We
have never had one who reacted only to the rabies vaccine. The
chances of having a problem with that are very low.

Personally, Steve and I are really looking forward to the Merial CD
vaccine, since that looks to be far, far safer than either Fervac or
Galaxy. We may not give that to Jumpstart who reacts to both Fervac
and Galaxy (but who does not react to IMRAB 3); still have to decide
in his case.