Are Vaccines Too Much of a Good Thing?

Posted on July 31st, 2015

There is no doubt that there is an over use of vaccines in our country in dogs and cats and, as quite a few people believe, even humans. Our “vaccination nation” has decided why depend on our bodies natural defenses when there’s money to be made. The medical and pharmaceutical industries have found vaccinations to be a very lucrative revenue stream.

Many years ago, pediatricians would do a scratch test on an infant, at one year of age, to see if that infant had created protective antibodies. This quick and simple test is no longer done, even though the corporate medical establishment's so-called miracle shots might actually be damaging the immune systems of healthy human beings and animals and possibly even creating new diseases.

The April 29, 1995 issue of Lancet states that…

“…findings suggest that measles virus may play a part in the development not only of Crohn's disease but also of ulcerative colitis.” 

There is also a large portion of public opinion that is saying the excessive use of vaccines parallels the rise of autism.

Still, according to Barbara Loe Fisher, the co-founder and president of National Vaccine Information Center, and the author of "The Consumer's Guide to Childhood Vaccines" and "Vaccines, Autism & Chronic Inflammation…

“Many state governments now require nearly three dozen doses of more than a dozen vaccines to attend school. Medical and religious exemptions are becoming harder to get and exemptions for reasons of conscience are under attack by proponents of forced vaccination.”

Pets too are legally required to have proper immunization in order to be licensed and legal in municipalities across our country. It seems you just can’t escape the needle, but you can oversee the procedures and limit the amounts of vaccine given to your pets.

  • Many veterinary hospitals recommend dogs and cat vaccines to be given every three years, though recent findings have shown that after the first vaccines are given to a puppy or kitten, the protective antibodies created may last up to 5 to 7 years. I suggest that before you allow the vet to revaccinate your pet have them run an antibody titer blood test to check for the presence of the protective antibody. If it’s present wait another year.
  • You need to understand, the way vaccine manufactures set the dosing it is “one dose fits all”. That is not correct. You have to make sure the dosing is measured by the weight of the pet. If you have a 3 - 10 lb. dog you need to be sure it isn’t given the same amount of vaccine that is given to an 80 - 100 lb. dog. Small dogs have a reaction when given too much vaccine. Can you imagine the possible effects when a small dog is given three different vaccines at one time and each of those doses are the maximum doses for even the largest dog? Be sure to ask your veterinarian if he is dosing by the weight of the dog. If he will not reduce the amount of the vaccines according to weight for a very small dog, find a veterinarian that knows better. I personally believe that less vaccine is better as long as the patient develops protective antibodies. An antibody titer will tell for sure.
  • In animals, if multiple vaccines are given, they need to be placed in different areas of the body. If the vaccines are all injected into the same area they can create a type of cancer called a vaccine fibrosarcoma, which is usually fatal. Though this is seen most often in cats, it has been rarely observed in dogs. According to Wikipedia, “Vaccine Associated Sarcomas were first recognized at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.

I encountered my first case of fibrosarcoma over twenty years ago. The patient was a cat that supposedly had a cat bite abscess on its right hip area. Two different veterinarians had intervened surgically but the wound just would not heal. The patient was brought to me for a 3rd opinion. I observed that the opening had a rubbery type tissue lining the cavity. This was not consistent with an abscess so I decided to a do a biopsy. The results returned as a fibrosarcoma.

It’s interesting to note that around this same time period, a friend of mine (veterinary oncologist, Dr. Alice Villalobos) had just published an article in a local journal describing vaccine related fibrosarcoma. This proved to be, just the beginning. Since then, numerous vaccines have been incriminated. The ongoing studies also led to the determination that multiple vaccines could be given at the same time as long as each vaccine is injected into different areas of the body.

Recently I have been working with a wonderful cat named Violetta. She was referred to me with a lump in her left thigh. It had been diagnosed as a nickel sized fibrosarcoma and amputation of the left rear leg was suggested. As I’ve mentioned before in this volume, all cancers that I have been encountered in my practice have had Plechner Syndrome present. I tested Violetta and, sure enough, the Syndrome was indeed, present.

Following replacement therapy I suggested removing the mass only and not the leg. Subsequent to the surgery, chemotherapy was initiated and the follow up EI test indicated that the chemo had put Violetta back in to the hormone antibody imbalance, which often happens.

Violetta’s hormone replacement therapy was increased and now she is perfectly normal, four legged and will continue to live out a full life as long as the hormone replacement is continued. There have been no signs of the tumor reoccurring.

An endocrine/immune system imbalance can also affect the potency of the vaccine, causing a normal dose to become in effect, an overdose. It is wise to have your puppy or kitten, horse (or even your infant) tested for this imbalance. Have your healthcare professional run the EI blood test, if a hormonal imbalance is present than hormonal replacement therapy (Plechner Protocol) is called for.

One final thought. If your pet has come from a family of dogs or cats that have developed diseases even though they’ve been vaccinated. You need to follow up the 12 week injections, with an antibody titer test to make sure your pet has actually produced the protective antibodies. Remember that you are your pets advocate, they cannot speak for themselves. It is your duty, not only to protect them but you must also make sure that their rights are protected also.

For further information on this subject and others, please read Against the Odds, Given Up for Dead.

Healthfully Yours,

Dr. Al Plechner, DVM and David Spangenburg