The Vast Majority of the U.S. now requires a 3 year rabies vaccine for dogs. Just a decade or so, most counties and municipalities had an annual rabies requirement. But thanks to work by The Rabies Challenge Fund and other organizations, rabies vaccines have been shown to be effective for at least 3 years. There is evidence, but not yet conclusive studies, that these vaccines may be good for as much as seven years, or even longer. The Rabies Challenge Fund is working on a study. In the meantime, they are lobbying the remaining holdouts who don’t yet have a three year vaccine program. Here is some updated information:
ARKANSAS 3 Year Rabies Law Effective 1/1/10
Updated Rabies Control Act Allows Longer Vaccination Intervals http://www.todaysthv.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=95265&catid=2 “The updated Rabies Control Act has new rules passed by the State Board of Health that allow for a longer interval between rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats. The new rules will become effective January 1, 2010. If a three-year vaccine is chosen, the pet will be required to be revaccinated three years later.”
RHODE ISLAND 3 Year Rabies Regulations
At the end of April 2009, Rhode Island’s Rabies Control Board approved a change to allow for a 3 year protocol, yet no date has been set for it to become effective. Concerned pet owners should contact their legislators http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/ and the Chair of the Board, State Veterinarian Dr. Scott Marshall at 401-222-2781 scott.marshall@DEM.RI.GOV to insist this policy change is instituted.
RHODE ISLAND – Board OKs Change in Rabies Policy Providence Journal News Digest May 1, 2009 http://www.projo.com/news/content/news_digest_01_05-01-09_5KE7P0O_v4.38640bf.html “PROVIDENCE –– The Rhode Island Rabies Control Board has approved a change in policy that could pave the way for regulations that will allow the vaccination of dogs and cats every three years, rather than every two years. ”
San Diego Pet Vaccination Seminar with Drs. W. Jean Dodds and Ronald Schultz
Author Jan Rasmusen has organized a vaccine seminar to be held in San Diego, California on March 28, 2010 to benefit The Rabies Challenge Fund. World-renowned veterinary vaccine research scientists, Drs. W. Jean Dodds and Ronald Schultz, will be the featured speakers at this all-day event. Detailed information on the seminar can be found at http://www.petseminar.org/ .
Third Year of Rabies Challenge Studies Begin
Thanks to generous contributions from pet lovers, The Rabies Challenge Fund was able to raise the funds needed to begin the 3rd year of research at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in November. The current challenge is to collect $150,000 per year to cover the estimated costs of Years 4-7 to complete the studies.
New Website Design & Facebook Page
The Rabies Challenge Fund website www.RabiesChallengeFund.org has been redesigned and has added important vaccine data for pet owners. The RCF has also joined the Facebook community http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rabies-Challenge-Fund/119106981159?v=wall&ref=ts , where vaccine data is posted under “Discussions.”