Hi Maria
There is a current, non profit research project being conducted by Dr. Jean Dodds DVM and Dr. Ronald Schultz called the Rabies Challenge (Google it). It is a seven year project in which they intend to prove that one rabies vaccination will protect an animal for its lifetime.
Rabies is the first vaccine in the project.
It is also their belief that animals are over vaccinated and that the economics of veterinary practices are dependent on yearly (now 3year) vaccination protocols. Between pharmaceutical companies and professional group pressure, many vets choose not to change or re-examine
their protocols.
Happy that Bernie is fine.

On Feb 19, 2009, at 9:10 AM, Maria Ianiro wrote:

Thank you for all of your opinions and advice.

I went ahead with the feline distemper vaccination. Bernie has been
totally fine since....  The vet's plan was to do another shot in 1
month and the final shot a month after that.  I think once the kitten
series is done, I may stop.  Bernie is an indoor cat and the frequent
visits to the vet are changing his personality. He is very scared of
strangers and car rides now.  Additionally, every vet visit adds up...
normally it is  1 vet visit fee and the shots... this is 3 vet visit
fees and shots.

My vet also explained to me that Bernie was more likely to have a
reaction to the shot because he is allergic to it rather than from
being felv+.  I'm sure there are many opinions on that subject though.

MaryChristine...you mentioned that research seemed to have stopped for
so long and just recently have begun again.  Are there any non profit
groups out there actively researching this disease?


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