Risks of Not Vaccinating

People and pets not vaccinated are at risk for getting vaccine-preventable diseases. Every year there are outbreaks of dog and cat diseases in shelters and in the general population, proving diseases have not been eradicated. Some people think if most people get their pets vaccinated, they don't have to worry if their pets are unvaccinated, which is pretty risky thinking when it comes to herd immunity. Herd immunity is the level of vaccine protection necessary to keep diseases from spreading and becoming a public health issue. Herd immunity is maximized only when the vast majority of animals are vaccinated. You should do your part too and get your pets vaccinated.


Risks in perspective

 

Vaccinations are a medical procedure, and as with any medical procedure, there are risks. The risk of a serious vaccine reaction is rare. In fact, most things in life have both benefits and risks. Consider for a moment that when you get in your car to drive to work, there is a risk you could be in an accident. But is this risk large enough to prevent you from driving to work? Most of us will agree that the benefits of earning a living far outweigh the small risk of having an accident.

 

Vaccination is no different, especially when you consider that in the millions of pets that have been vaccinated, there are very few vaccine reactions. If your pet is not vaccinated and comes in contact with any number of devastating disease agents shed by unvaccinated pets, your pet's risk of severe illness or death is much, much higher than a vaccine reaction.

JEFFREY DIMONS, CDC

A drop in human vaccination rates is a cause for concern. When a drop happens, there is often a corresponding rise in the diseases vaccines are supposed to protect us from.

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Richard Goldstein, DVM says cats are more difficult to treat than dogs, and for this reason it is far easier, more effective and less expensive to vaccinate against the disease than to treat it.