The mission at Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute has always been specifically geared to address emerging health threats, including those posed by vaccines. The biological and genetic reactivity of vaccine additives like mercury preservatives, aluminum adjuvants and other toxic agents can have negative affects when administered to children; now there may be some relating evidence with animals and vaccinations.
Drawing on stronger evidence that vaccines induce adverse reactions, injections given to both people and animals are showing signs of negative health effects.
Just like humans, household pets are usually recommended to be vaccinated for various diseases, but could these injections be damaging to their overall health? Over $28 billion were spent by pet owners just on veterinary bills in one year, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). In relation to this data, the AVMA found that 84 percent of dog owners had their dogs vaccinated that same year.
A Colorado-based veterinarian, Dr. Brad Hines, believes vets do over-vaccinate for some diseases. While caring for a dog diagnosed with immune mediated hemolytic anemia, otherwise known as IMHA, he says vaccinations play a role in the development of the disease, but the hard part is proving the association. IMHA causes an animal’s immune system to attack red blood cells, and the odds of surviving the disease are dismal.
In an article by Dr. Wendy Brooks, she says that IMHA has no apparent cause, but in some cases, something triggers the reactions. Drugs most commonly implicated include penicillins, trimethoprim-sulfa, and methimazole; these drugs could induce a reaction that will stimulate the immune system in seeking out proteins that resemble the drug, ultimately attacking the red blood cells. Without adequate controlled research, the causal factors cannot be precisely determined.
Hines does support the use of vaccinations, however, making clear not to over-vaccinate.
A veterinarian based in California, Dr. W.Jean Dodds, has spent years researching animal vaccinations and says there is a close association with vaccinations and certain illnesses. In an article written by Dodds, titled “Changing Vaccine Protocol,” she points out research findings showing that 38 dogs for every 10,000 were adversely affected by vaccines. She also reveals that certain factors raise a dog’s risk of negative reactions, including multiple vaccines given at the same time with increased risks for small breeds.
Dodds says the dosage amounts of vaccines given to small dogs and large dogs should be different because of the diverse proportions of breeds. She notes that other countries use smaller dosages which work just as well, if not better for the animal.
Another safety consideration promoted by veterinarians for pet health that pediatricians have not heeded is the removal of the mercury based preservative, Thimerosal, from pet vaccines. Thimerosal is still contained in most flu shots, which are recommended during pregnancy, at 6 months of age, and every year throughout life. The decision to remove mercury from pet vaccines was made 10 years before the recommendation was made by the American Academy of Pediatrics to remove mercury from most, but not all pediatric vaccines.
However, Dr. Jeff Fankhauser of the Colorado Veterinarian Medicine Association says the risks of vaccinating animals are small compared to the consequences of not vaccinating them, adding that vaccines are essential to keep pets healthy. No scientific evidence was provided for this assertion, but this belief is shared by many veterinarians. Like Fankhauser, many medical doctors are still standing by the recommended vaccine schedule for children as well, but the trends of vaccination are changing as parents learn more about vaccines.
Other animals are displaying adverse effects from vaccines other than just the common household pet.
A relatively new post-vaccine syndrome called Autoimmune Inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants, also known as ASIA, is being found in commercialized sheep. This syndrome has developed from vaccine ingredients that trigger disease. The sheep that were injected showed symptoms of extreme cachexia, poor wool coat, redness of the skin, atrophy of muscular masses and generalized weakness.
Horses are one of the most heavily and frequently vaccinated domesticated animals and can suffer from adverse reactions. Health issues in horses linked to adverse vaccine reactions have included fever and nasal discharge, temporary blindness, muscle weakness and laminitis just to name a few.
Evidence and supporting research outlining adverse reactions to vaccines continues to be collected and is showing similar data between people and animals.
Research on mice, rats and primates administered age and weight adjusted vaccines or vaccine ingredients have revealed significant neurological, cognitive, social, motor and immune system impairments compared to saline control groups. The loss of motor neurons and other brain abnormalities have been observed. Many of these deficits resemble features of autism, autoimmune diseases, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities and chronic illnesses that have affected increasing numbers of children over the past three decades. No evidence has emerged that unvaccinated or undomesticated animals are suffering similar adverse health effects.