how long does a rabies vaccine last?

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  1. preparing

    preparing Well-Known Member

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    How long is a rabbies vaccine good?
     
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    There are some that last three years, but I don't know if that is true for what you might use.
     

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    My vet told me 3 yrs but there is a state law in Ga. where they have to be vaccinated every year. To me that is way too often. When I lived in SC, it was every 3 yrs. It has probably changed there by now too.
     
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    There is a 1 year vaccine and a 3 year vaccine. Unless otherwise specified, I would assume it is a one year.
     
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  5. WhiteStar Acres

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    Killed vax=1 yr
    Modified live vax=3 yrs

    The annual killed vax is easy and cheap to get online. Some states refuse to recognize it or the tag if you find yourself in a position to have to prove immunization. You'll have to get a vet to revax and document at that time.

    As far as I know both types are equally effective.
     
  6. mekasmom

    mekasmom Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Actually if the dog has had 2 vaccines they are covered for life. But, legally they only last as long as the tag lasts. But the titer is good for years and years after two vaccines. But... the tax man commeth, so you have to get them annually for the tag fees.
     
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    Is this the same with a cat?
     
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    Not true. We just did a titer on a dog (for import to Hawaii)that was current on rabies vaccination with several past shots and had an insufficient titer. Dog was revaccinated, and subsequently produced a good titer.
     
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    Not true. There are only killed rabies vaccines currently in production. The first vaccine given is protective for 1 year, each revaccination for 3. And there is a "MLV" rabies cat vaccine made by inserting killed rabies virus antigens into live canarypox viruses that is only good for 1 year no matter how many times it is given.
     
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  10. WhiteStar Acres

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    Thats what my vet told me the difference was when I asked em. I rab vax all the barn cats myself and vet vax the dogs.

    So, I only know what people with expensive degrees tell me.
     
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    They only put out killed rabies vaccines, never modified live or any live vaccines.

    If the titer on the dog with a current vaccine was too low, then there was something wrong with the dog's immune system.
     
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    Dr. Karen Becker Interviews Dr. Schultz (Ronald D. Schultz, Professor and Chair
    Department of Pathobiological Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1Xd5ghnlJ4
     
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  13. troy n sarah tx

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    The CDC has a list of all of the shots and when they are due.

    CDC - Rabies Vaccines Licensed and Marketed in the U.S., 2008 - Rabies

    The types are either:
    - inactivated rabies virus
    - rabies glycoprotein along with a live virus vector

    Rabies glycoprotein: the protein on the surface of the virus that your body recognizes to mount an immune response

    Virus vector: (either canary pox or vaccinia) virus that has been modified to exhibit the rabies glycoprotein.

    Timing really depends on the state and most states a licensed vet has to give the vaccine. In Texas we do the 2 vaccines a year apart and then booster every 3 years.

    Hope this helps.

    Sarah
     
  14. MARYDVM

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    Not necessarily, since the animal produced an effective response to revaccination. There could have been "something wrong" with its last vaccine or the way it was given. There is also cellular immunity produced that cannot be measured, so the dog could have still been protected from rabies.

    The point is, no one knows exactly how long immunity to challenge with the rabies virus lasts after vaccination beyond the 3 years proven by experimental trial. So assuming 2 vaccinations provide lifelong protection is both dangerous and completely unsubstantiated by any scientific proof.
     
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    Two in Whitfield County exposed to rabies by

    this cat was 15 and an indoor cat. He was behind on his vaccines, but he had been vaccinated. He contracted rabies from some unknown source....my guess is a bat inside the home. I don't like vaccines, but I DO keep up rabies on my pets.