The Whole Vaccine Story

What are the dangers of vaccinating?

An immune system that is not in ideal condition cannot convert the intended effect of a vaccine into long-term immunity.


When a vaccination is given a variety of toxins are simultaneously injected directly into the blood stream:

-Live viruses –bacteria -toxins created by bacteria’s -phenols (stabilizer) -mercury (preservative) -aluminum salts and gels (to extend the reaction time, meaning your pet is less likely to react in 48 hours, preventing you from correlating future illness with vaccinosis) -dyes (to make it pretty) -formaldehyde (intended to kill live viruses, but spread unevenly can CAUSE illness/disease in the pet) –MSG (stabilizer)


There is no incident in nature that this would ever happen to your pet’s system, especially not several viruses at a time, as in the case of combo- vaccinations.  In nature viruses, bacteria, and pathogens would first have to battle their way through the skin, hair, mucous membranes, digestive system, and immune defenses in the blood, giving the body’s immune system the opportunity and time to martial a defense against the invaders before reaching a level where illness or disease would be acute.  Vaccinations are a direct assault on the body in the form of diseases AND toxins, often causing a severe overreaction and sickness.

These overreactions are not always in the form of an anaphylactic, immediate reaction.


It is in fact more common for them to manifest as chronic disease states such as:

-allergies -behavioral changes/aggression -diabetes -seizures -digestive problems -organ failure -arthritis -liver and kidney problems -cancer - tumors -death
Vaccines can often cause the disease/illness they are designed to protect against and in some cases vaccinations can produce an inability to treat the disease in the vaccination in the event they do contract it, as in the case of Lyme.  Some vaccinations, such as Bordetella, shed the live virus from the vaccinated pets, causing infection in other animals for up to 7 days post vaccination.


Why haven’t I heard about this before?

Though adverse reactions are extremely common in pets, many pet owners do not know that they are able to report reactions, so documentation is limited.  Also, vaccine manufacturers do not accept reported incidents as being “vaccine related” if the pet has not exhibited symptoms in less than 48 hours, even though vaccines take up to 45 days become effective and can cause problems for even longer than that and certain ingredients in the vaccinations are specifically put in them to postpone to reaction time.

Veterinarians are also not counseled by vaccine companies to hand out informational pamphlets when vaccinations are given regarding what circumstances pets SHOULDN’T be vaccinated, symptoms of adverse reactions, and where to report reactions.


What are the benefits and who should get vaccinated?

In the rare event that your pet is heavily exposed to diseases from wildlife, stray animals, or travel to certain countries they may need vaccinations.  Puppies and kittens can be given vaccinations to develop immunity but ONLY after eight weeks of age, only if they are healthy, and only if they are not given in combination (one vaccine at a time with at least two weeks between each to ensure safety and decrease the likelihood of adverse reactions). After the first set of shots ALL pets should only be vaccinated again if a titer proves that the pet has not developed immunity.


What are my alternatives to vaccinations?

Most pets don’t need alternatives to general vaccinations because the initial set creates full immunity.  You can prove this by having your vet run a titer blood test.  In the case of diseases such as heart worm (yearly exposure to mosquitoes over 80 degrees) or Bordetella (a pet’s common cold with over 100 strains) or Giardia (a bacterium in water) where there is no ability for the pet to become immune, naturally boosting your pets immunity with a good quality diet and supplements like goldenseal and bee pollen is sufficient.

In the case of more severe diseases that your adult pet is not likely to contract such as distemper, parvo (both “puppy” diseases because adult pets develop immunity) and rabies, prevention is best.  Keeping your pet leashed or indoors, away from wildlife, stray dogs, puppies and kittens under 6 months old and other questionable situations would be adequate.


What if my vet pushes vaccinations even if my dog isn’t high risk or is unhealthy?

In the state of Colorado, the only vaccination that is mandatory is rabies.  Even in the case of rabies if your pet has had an adverse reaction to a vaccination in the past or if they have a chronic disease state of any kind that compromises their immunity you can get a vaccination exemption from your vet.  Even slightly ill, senior, or recently vaccinated pets should NOT be vaccinated.


What is required and how often?

Most vaccinations are unnecessary, unless your pets’ specific lifestyle requires.  Vaccinations for diseases such as giardia, Bordetella, leptospirosis, corona virus, and distemper are unnecessary and often more damaging to the body, short and long term, then the benefits of the vaccination.


Where do I report an adverse reaction?


How do I learn more?

VACCINE GUIDE FOR DOGS & CATS by CATHERINE J.M. DIODATI, MA lists recalls on vaccinations, foods, and other products (pet & human) is a website dedicated to educating the public about vaccinations and pets.


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