Historically veterinarians and vaccine manufacturers for companion
animals have recommended annual revaccination against the most common diseases.
Annual revaccination was originally an arbitrary recommendation and was not
based on any studies showing maximum duration of immunity.
Yearly revaccinations became standard with most veterinarians because
it also provided an incentive for owners to get a physical examination and
Concerns about over-vaccination and potential adverse effects have led
to a reevaluation of the annual revaccination. Adverse reactions can include allergic
responses, vaccine-associated immune-mediated disease, and production of the
disease from vaccination.
Current vaccination recommendation schedules for adult dogs from the America
Animal Hospital Association include a ″core″ (High Risk Infectious diseases) vaccination
booster 1-year after the dog′s initial vaccination series. Healthy dogs at low
risk should then be revaccinated no more frequently than every 3 years.
Many veterinarians today recommend against 5 in 1 vaccine combinations
such as DHLPP. Some recommend using single or simpler combined vaccine which
consists of fewer individual vaccines contained in a single shot. For dogs it
can be a ″DH″ or a ″DHP″ vaccine combo referred to as a 3 in 1.
We encourage each pet owner to conduct their own research and due
diligence for the well-being of their animals.
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