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    Exclamation URGENT CALIFORNIA AB 272 Action Alert

    URGENT ACTION ALERT: CALIFORNIA AB 272, which would lower the age at which puppies must be vaccinated from four months to three months just passed the Assembly Agriculture Committee and has been assigned to the Assembly Appropriations Committee http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/..._asm_comm.html .

    What You Can Do to Help:

    Contact Appropriations Committee members Mike Gatto (Chair) (916) 319-2043 assemblymember.gatto@asm.ca.gov & Susan T. Eggman assemblymember.eggman@asm.ca.gov (916) 319-2013 & ask them to OPPOSE AB 272.

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    Letter from The Rabies Challenge Fund to Assembly Members Gatto & Eggman is below. If you would like a copy of the e-mail correspondence between Dr. Karen Ehnert, Dr. Dodds and me, please send me a request at ledgespring@lincoln.midcoast.com & I will e-mail it to you.


    (link to committee comments on AB 272 http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/..._asm_comm.html)

    March 14, 2013

    Assemblymember Mike Gatto, Chair Assemblymember Susan T. Eggman, Chair

    RE: AB 272 An Act to Amend Section 121690 of the Health and Safety Code Relating to Rabies

    Greetings Assemblymembers Gatto and Eggman :

    There are some misrepresentations and inaccuracies relating to AB 272 which should be clarified before another vote is taken on this measure. On February 14, Dr. W. Jean Dodds, a California veterinarian, and Co-Trustee of the Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust, corrected and clarified this misinformation regarding AB 272 in an e-mail to the Acting Director of Veterinary Public Health, Dr. Karen Ehnert, but apparently this information was not conveyed to the bill sponsor or members of the Agriculture or Appropriations Committees (see attached e-mail), or it was disregarded.

    The Agriculture Committee comments on AB 272 report that “California is the only state that sets a minimum age of four months for dogs rabies vaccination.” This statement is false. Only twelve (12) out of fifty (50) states require that dogs be vaccinated by 3 months (Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania) . Thirteen (13) states require that dogs be vaccinated by the age of 4 months (Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia); one (1) state (Wisconsin) requires vaccination by 5 months; and six (6) require vaccination by the age of 6 months (Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Tennessee, West Virginia), and twelve (12) refer to the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians’ Rabies Compendium which recommends that rabies vaccines should be administered according to the manufacturers’ labeled instructions. Rabies vaccine labels indicate that they may be given at 3 months, not that they must be. It is implied in the comments that the Compendium advises that puppies should or must be vaccinated at 3 months of age, which is not the case.

    Merial’s IMRAB rabies vaccine labels indicate that they "can be administered to puppies as early as 3 months of age" and Pfizer’s Defensor rabies vaccine labels advise that they are for dogs and cats “3 months of age or older.” These instructions denote the minimum age at which it is safe to administer rabies vaccines (i.e., do not administer before 3 months of age) and not a minimum age at which they must be administered to be effective. Scientific data reflect that the later a puppy can be vaccinated, the more likely the vaccine will have the desired immunological response due to reduced interference of maternal antibodies, which are still present in 3 month old puppies. The 2011 American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines reports that: "Because dogs older than 14-16 wk of age are not likely to have interfering levels of MDA [maternally derived antibodies], administration of a single initial dose of an infectious vaccine to an adult dog can be expected to induce a protective immune response. ..... MDA is the most common reason early vaccination fails to immunize." [1]

    Contributing to the likelihood of failure to achieve a proper immune response to rabies vaccination at 3 months is that puppies are finishing up their initial vaccination series of distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus at 12 weeks (3 months) of age. Addition of a rabies vaccine into the mix will not only increase the possibility of adverse reactions, but also the probability that the vaccine components will interfere with each other and neutralize or negate an appropriate immunological response. [2] [3]

    In her e-mailed message concerning AB 272 to Dr. Dodds and me, Dr. Ehnert wrote that: “to clarify, the one word change allows for dogs to be vaccinated at 3 months of age, but does not mandate it.This is a misrepresentation of the bill as worded and the committee summary declaring that “this bill changes, from four months to three months, the age at which a dog is required to be vaccinated against rabies." Addition of a clause such as "or previously vaccinated at the age of three months in another state or country with a rabies vaccine licensed by the USDA" to the current law requiring vaccination at four months would accomplish that goal without changing the mandated age of vaccination to three months.

    Dr. Ehnert also explained that one of the reasons she has “pushed” for this change is she and the Health Officers Association “… want to give owners the opportunity to vaccinate puppies earlier when there is increased risk. The past two years we have seen a 4 -5 fold increase in bat rabies in LA County, with some areas being hot spots.” There has been no escalation in canine rabies corresponding to the increase in bat rabies, which according to the Department of Health’s Reported Animal Rabies, for Los Angeles County there were no cases of rabid dogs from 2010 through 2012, while there were 114 rabid bats (22 in 2010, 38 in 2011, and 54 in 2012—representing an increase of nearly 2.5 times instead of a 4-5 fold increase). Statewide, there have only been three cases of rabies in dogs since 2007, as opposed to 981 rabid bats and 147 rabid skunks for the same period, which evidences the fact that the current law requiring puppies to be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age is effective at controlling rabies in California’s canine community and does not need to be changed.

    To address the concern over a rising increase in rabies in the bat population spilling over into the domestic pet population, Dr. Ehnert and other members of the Health Officers Association of California should request introduction of a bill requiring that all cats in California be vaccinated against rabies, as cats are reported to be 4 times as likely to be infected with rabies as dogs.[4] The Chair of the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control Committee, Dr. Catherine M. Brown, stated that “because more rabies cases are reported annually involving cats…than dogs, vaccination of cats should be required.”

    As it currently stands, the law requiring puppies to be vaccinated at 4 months of age is and has been effective at controlling rabies in California’s canine population. There is no epidemiological or scientific rationale for changing this law and prematurely exposing puppies to the potentially harmful, sometimes fatal, adverse side affects of the rabies vaccine prior to the age of 4 months.

    On behalf of The Rabies Challenge Fund, a registered California Charitable Trust, and the many concerned California pet owners who have requested our assistance, I strongly urge you to oppose passage of AB 272 as it is currently written.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Kris L. Christine
    Founder, Co-Trustee
    THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND
    www.RabiesChallengeFund.org
    ledgespring@lincoln.midcoast.com

    Pages: 8

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    cc: Dr. W. Jean Dodds
    Dr. Ronald Schultz
    Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez
    California Assembly
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    [1] American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Task Force. 2011 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting Literature, p.12
    [2] American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Task Force. 2003 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting Literature, p.16
    [3] Moore, et als., Adverse Events Diagnosed Within Three Days of Vaccine Administration in Dogs; Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association., Vol. 227, No. 7, October 1, 2005
    [4] Blanton JD, et al. Rabies Surveillance in the United States During 2008. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 2009; 235: 676-690.
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    Exclamation PENNSYLVANIA Rabies Waiver SB 155 Up for Vote Monday 3/18/13

    PENNSYLVANIA Rabies Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/...type=B&BN=0155 will be voted on by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, March 18th. Please contact Committee Chair, Senator Jake Corman jcorman@pasen.gov (717) 787-1377 & committee members listed below & ask them to SUPPORT this bill so that it will go to the full Senate for a 3rd & final consideration: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/...e=3&CteeBody=S

    Senate Appropriations Committee Members

    Sen. Jake Corman, Chair jcorman@pasen.gov (717) 787-1377
    Sen. Vincent J. Hughes, Minority Chair hughes@pasenate.gov (717) 787-7112
    Sen. Robert M. Tomlinson, Vice Chair rtomlinson@pasen.gov (717) 787-5072
    Sen. Dominic Pileggi dpileggi@pasen.gov (717) 787-4712
    Sen. Joseph B. Scarnati jscarnati@pasen.gov (717) 787-7084
    Sen. David G. Argall dargall@pasen.gov (717) 787-2637
    Sen. Lisa Baker baker@pasen.gov (717) 787-7428
    Sen. Mike Brubaker mbrubaker@pasen.gov (717) 787-4420
    Sen. John R. Gordner jgordner@pasen.gov (717) 787-8928

    Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf sgreenleaf@pasen.gov (717) 787-6599
    Sen. Bob Mensch bmensch@pasen.gov (717) 787-3110
    Sen. John C. Rafferty, jrafferty@pasen.gov (717) 787-1398

    Sen. Lloyd K. Smucker lsmucker@pasen.gov (717) 787-6535
    Sen. Patricia H. Vance vance@pasen.gov (717) 787-8524
    Sen. Elder A. Vogel, Jr. evogel@pasen.gov (717) 787-3076
    Sen. Randy Vulakovich rvulakovich@pasen.gov (717) 787-6538
    Sen. Michael L. Waugh mwaugh@pasen.gov (717) 787-3817
    Sen. Jim Ferlo, Minority Vice Chair ferlo@pasen.gov (717) 787-6123
    Sen. Jay Costa costa@pasenate.gov (717) 787-7683
    Sen. John Blake senatorblake@pasenate.gov (717) 787-6481
    Sen. Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr. lfarnese@pasen.gov (717) 787-5662
    Sen. Judith L. Schwank SenatorSchwank@pasenate.gov (717) 787-8925
    Sen. Timothy J. Solobay tsolobay@pasenate.gov (717) 787-1463
    Sen. LeAnna M. Washington washington@pasenate.gov (717) 787-1427
    Sen. John N. Wozniak wozniak@pasenate.gov (717) 787-5400
    Sen. John T. Yudichak yudichak@pasenate.gov (717) 787-7105

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    I had read about this in the 90's with studies from the Am Vet Med assoc. I asked my vet about it back then and he confirmed it as truth. I asked why they sent the "notice" every year telling us our dogs "needed" the vaccinations. He said because people won't bring their dogs in for an annual check up if they don't think they need the vaccinations. But, after all these years, there is still the belief (because we are told) that dogs need vaccinations as adult dogs.

    I remember as a kid, we only got our dogs their "puppy shots." No adult dog got vaccinations. To this day, I believe the vets still don't see adult dogs getting any of those diseases - whether they received puppy shots or not. I heard that "way back when" before vaccinating puppies was discovered, people would wait and see which puppies survived before they picked a pup from the litter.

    Hmmm . . . .

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    URGENT ACTION ALERT: CALIFORNIA AB 272, which would lower the age at which puppies must be vaccinated from four months to three months will be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday April 10th http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/...04_status.html

    Please contact Appropriations Committee Chair Mike Gatto (916) 319-2043 assemblymember.gatto@asm.ca.gov & ask the committee to OPPOSE AB 272.
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    Dr. W. Jean Dodds' Interview with Dr. Karen Becker on California AB 272 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZzmVtfzO08
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    Pennsylvania Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 UNANIMOUSLY passed the full Senate today (4/8/13) & will go to the House for consideration next http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/...&type=B&bn=155 .
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    URGENT CALIFORNIA AB 272, lowering the age at which puppies must be vaccinated against rabies from 4 to 3 months will have 2nd full House consideration TODAY. Contact your legislators & tell them to OPPOSE AB 272 http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/.

    Unfortunately, Appropriations unanimously passed this yesterday, despite the bill summary http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/..._asm_comm.html indicating that, as currently worded, it will not accomplish the authors' stated goals. California Assembly calendar for today ftp://leginfo.public.ca.gov/pub/dail...assembly_floor .

    Dr. W. Jean Dodds' video interview with Dr. Karen Becker on California AB 272 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZzmVtfzO08 .
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    CALIFORNIA AB 272, lowering the age at which puppies must be vaccinated against rabies from 4 to 3 months will have its 2nd full House vote Monday April 15. Please contact your legislators & tell them to OPPOSE AB 272 http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/.

    Assembly Calender for Monday April 15th ftp://leginfo.public.ca.gov/pub/dail...assembly_floor
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    PENNSYLVANIA Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 has been referred to the House Agriculture Committee http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/...type=B&BN=0155 after passing the full Senate. Please contact Chairs JohnMaher, (717) 783-1522 jmaher@pahousegop.com, Joseph A. Petrarca (717) 787-5142 jpetrarc@pahouse.net , and members below and ask the Committee to SUPPORT SB 155.

    Pennsylvania House Agriculture Committee Members

    JohnMaher, Chair (717) 783-1522 jmaher@pahousegop.com
    Joseph A. Petrarca Co-Chair (717) 787-5142 jpetrarc@pahouse.net
    Mindy Fee (717) 772-5290 mfee@pahousegop.com
    Mike Reese (717) 783-9311 Mreese@pahousegop.com
    Stephen Bloom (717) 772-2280 sbloom@pahousegop.com
    Michele Brooks (717) 783-5008 mbrooks@pahousegop.com
    Gordon Denlinger (717) 787-3531 gdenling@pahousegop.com
    Joe Emrick (717) 260-6159 Jemrick@pahousegop.com
    Mikie Fleck (717) 787-3335 mfleck@pahousegop.com
    Marcia Hahn (717) 783-8573 mhahn@pahousegop.com
    David Hickernell (717) 783-2076 Dhickern@pahousegop.com
    Rob Kauffman (717) 705-2004 rkauffma@pahousegop.com
    Mark Keller (717) 783-1593 mkeller@pahousegop.com
    David Millard (717) 783-1102 dmillard@pahousegop.com
    Dan Moul (717) 783-5217 dmoul@pahousegop.com
    Mike Tobash (717) 260-6148 mtobash@pahousegop.com
    Deberah Kula (717) 772-1858 DKuhla@pahouse.net
    Brandon Neuman (717) 783-4834 BNeuman@pahouse.net
    Scott Conklin (717) 787-9473 SConklin@pahouse.net
    Pamela DeLissio (717) 783-4945 PDelissi@pahouse.net
    Sid Michaels Kavulich (717) 783-4874 SKavulic@pahouse.net
    Rick Mirabito (717) 772-1314 RMirabit@pahouse.net
    Mark Painter (717) 783-4073 MPainter@pahouse.net
    Mark Rozzi (717) 783-3290 MRozzi@pahouse.net
    Jake Wheatley, Jr. (717) 783-3783 JWheatle@pahouse.net
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    URGENT ALERT: California Rabies Bill AB 272
    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/...ed_asm_v97.pdf, which seeks to lower the age at which dogs must be vaccinated from 4 months to 3 months, will soon be scheduled for a final Assembly vote, and if passed, it will move on to the Senate. Prior Assembly votes supporting AB 272 are baffling as all 4 Assembly analyses (three of which contain inaccurate information on state rabies laws) indicate AB 272 will NOT accomplish the stated goals of its sponsors, the Health Officers Association of California.

    Lowering the required age of rabies vaccination to 3 months increases the likelihood of adverse vaccine reactions as well as failure to immunize due to residual maternal antibodies and interference from other puppy vaccines given at 3 months. There is significant opposition to AB 272 from The Rabies Challenge Fund, The California Federation of Dog Clubs, dog organizations, veterinarians, and private individuals.

    What You Can Do to Help

    Contact your Assemblymembers and Senator, by phone or e-mail, (click here to find your Legislators http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legisl...egislator.html) and ask them to OPPOSE Rabies Bill AB 272.

    Dr. Dodds' Interview on AB 272 with Dr. Karen Becker
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZzmVtfzO08 .
    Kris L. Christine
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