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Be Informed About Vaccine
"We have to change our focus from
yearly vaccination to that of a yearly physical."
"Clients Should Be Informed About
Vaccine Use. There are legal and professional reasons to adequately
inform clients about the vaccines practitioners use in their
patients. Clients should be informed about the relative benefits
and risks of vaccine use. They also should understand that vaccination
does not guarantee protection and they should be informed about
the potential adverse effects of vaccines. In general, clients
should receive sufficient information to enable a reasonable
person to reach an informed decision regarding an animal's medical
"The final decision concerning individual
vaccines to be administered should be based on risk and benefit
assessment by the client and the vet."
Clearly, there are responsible voices within the veterinary profession calling upon practitioners to kick their annual-vaccination-shot economic habit and to properly inform guardians about the benefits and dangers of vaccine use. A glance at the dates of the above articles show how little vets have listened, despite the clarion character of the calls.
should be done?
2. Vets should answer client-guardians’ questions about vaccinations and the vet’s vaccination policies – questions such as those listed in the questionnaire found elsewhere on this website.
3. The veterinary associations must make non-notification by vets of the three-year vaccination option subject to suspension and/or revocation of license. Investigations should be made of known situations by the vet societies and state vet boards in the light of day -- with no gag orders or secrecy - to determine a resolution of the situation and to impose sanctions and penalties where appropriate as a deterrent.
4. At vaccination time an Informed Consent
Notification form would verify that the vet has discussed the
issues of vaccination with the client-guardian. The Informed
Consent form would be signed by the vet and include the guardian's
initials, affirming that he or she has been informed of the
following by the vet: