Do you know when a vaccine should most definitely NOT be given ?
you are like me the answer is always - Lol! but if not, do you realise
there are states of health when it is very likely to cause you or your
loved ones more harm to receive a vaccine ?
is the question and answer on this subject from a course I passed in
2008, which gives you this information very clearly - it might be useful
for you to make up a tick-list from the info given below if you do
vaccinate your animals to use as their booster date approaches and on
the day of their appointment:
Qa) Please explain the vaccine contra-indications (when should a dog - or other species - not be vaccinated?).
Vaccines are only licensed for use in completely healthy beings - therefore, if a dog is immune-compromised in ‘any’ way it should not be vaccinated.
The ways a dog could become immune-compromised; and therefore the times an animal should not be vaccinated are:
in the case of:
* sick/diarrhoea recently,
*any sign of possible illness starting up,
*not within at least 2-4 wks of recovering from minor illness, longer for operations,
*being a pup who has not had the time to develop his/her immune system to the point of being mature,
*dogs with weak genetic lines and lots of illness/disease/conditions showing up in siblings/parents/grandparents etc.
*animals already receiving medications
*already being given another form of medicine at the same apt.
*any animal which has had previous bad reactions within 6mths of a vaccine being given
the vaccine being given is a multi-vac, as then the animals body has
the added stress of having to try and deal with more than one onslaught
of alien bacteria all at the same time.
the level of threat of the actual disease, is not comparable with the
level of possible threat from the possible re-occurrences of the vaccine
*if the animal has recently been rehomed or boarded
also includes animals with long-term illness, or conditions such as
fits and digestive troubles as their bodies are constantly battling and
under par - digestive troubles especially, as at least 80% of the immune
system is within the digestive system.
*The animal can get the disease it is being vaccinated for [!].
and/or anaphylaxis symptoms are possible after vaccines - this will
sometimes cause the vaccinated party to let out what is known as a
issues are also possible, as the vaccine has bovine serum in it; this
can lead to reactions with beef, it is also known to cause problems with
chicken and oversensibilities which can affect any area of diet and
*Fever, pain, loss of appetite, behaviour change are all possible also, usually within the first 24-72 hrs.
*There are also delayed immunological responses, primarily autoimmune disease, can occur 7-45 days post-vaccination.
The different types of delayed adverse effects, which have and do happen are also documented and include:
*Mortality from high-titered measles vaccine in infants,
*Canine distemper antibodies in joint disease in dogs,
*Feline injection-site fibrosarcomas.
There are also clinical signs and diseases
which result from the different types of delayed adverse affects
mentioned above of non-anaphylactic reactions and these include:
*susceptibility to infections
*neurological disorders and encephalitis
*autoimmune haemolytic anaemia [AIHA]
*immune mediated thrombocytopaenia [IMT]
or kidney failure may occur by itself and hepatic enzymes may be
markedly elevated, and this can be accompanied also by bone marrow
*seizures, sometimes in conjunction with
*autoimmune thyroiditis, AIHA and IMT
*post-vaccinal polyneuropathy is a recognised syndrome
*abortion and death have occurred in pregnant dogs
*kidney failure has occurred in sled dogs.
are, to date, at least two papers that indicate that cats and dogs are
significantly more likely to need a visit to the vets in the weeks or
months following annual vaccinations [55% being in the first 3 mths]
than for the latter part of the year.
It is also known that most dogs undergo an immune suppressive picture leukogram a few days after being vaccinated.
the human field there are even more symptoms suspected to be linked to
vaccines, even months after the actual vaccine is given, which cause
widespread and unrecognised immune system malfunction.
J. Arnold 2008