CALIFORNIA ACTION ALERT: Rabies Bill AB 272 introduced by Assemblyman Gomez seeks to lower required age of vaccination to 12 weeks from the current 16 weeks AB 272 Assembly Bill - INTRODUCED .
What You Can Do to Help:
Please contact Mr. Gomez & ask him to WITHDRAW this bill! [email protected] (916) 319-2051
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Last edited by Kris L. Christine; 02-13-2013 at 10:11 PM.
Below is my letter to Assemblymember Gomez on behalf of The Rabies Challenge Fund.
February 13, 2013
Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0051
RE: AB 272 An Act to Amend Section 121690 of the Health and Safety Code Relating to Rabies
Greetings Assemblymember Gomez:
Assembly Bill AB 272 which you have introduced seeking to lower the age at which dogs must be vaccinated against rabies from 4 months to 3 months is ill-advised and scientifically unfounded. The bill seeks to address a problem in the canine community that does not exist, as the California Department of Public Health’s statistics in Reported Animal Rabies Data make abundantly clear: bats and other wildlife pose the major threat of rabies transmission to the public, not dogs under the age of 4 months.
Three cases of rabies in dogs since 2007 (no mention of them being dogs under 4 months of age), as opposed to 981 rabid bats and 147 rabid skunks for the same period, evidences the fact that the current law requiring puppies to be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age is effective at controlling rabies in California’s canine community and does not need to be changed.
Lowering the age at which puppies are required to have their first rabies shot from 4 months to 3 months would be counterproductive. Puppies are finishing up their other vaccinations (distemper, hepatitis, parvo) at 12 weeks (3 months) of age, and adding a rabies vaccine into the mix will not only increase the likelihood of adverse reactions, but also the probability that the vaccine components will interfere with each other and neutralize or negate the desired immunological response.
Contributing to the chance that rabies vaccination at 3 months may not be effective is the continued presence of maternal antibodies. According to the 2006 American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines, the most common reason for vaccination failure is "the puppy has a sufficient amount of passively acquired maternal antibody (PAMA) to block the vaccine......"  They elaborate by reporting that at the ages of 14 to 16 weeks of age, "PAMA should be at a level that will not block active immunization in most puppies (>95%) when a reliable product is used." After the age of 16 weeks (4 months), the maternal antibodies are reduced to a level at which they should not reduce the rabies vaccine's effectiveness.
Vaccinating puppies at too young an age can be ineffective. The 2003 American Animal Hospital Association's (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Guidelines reports on Page 16 that: "When vaccinating an animal, the age of the animal, the animal's immune status, and interference by maternal antibodies in the development of immunity must be considered. Research has demonstrated that the presence of passively acquired maternal antibodies interferes with the immune response to many canine vaccines, including CPV, CDV, CAV-2 and rabies vaccines.” 
As it currently stands, the law requiring puppies to be vaccinated at 4 months of age is and has been effective at controlling rabies in California’s canine population. There is no epidemiological or scientific rationale for changing this law and prematurely exposing puppies to the potentially harmful, sometimes fatal, adverse side affects of the rabies vaccine prior to the age of 4 months.
On behalf of The Rabies Challenge Fund and the many concerned California pet owners who have requested our assistance, I strongly urge you to withdraw AB 272.
Kris L. Christine
THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND
Duration of Immunity Study for Rabies Vaccine - Rabies Challenge Fund
cc: Dr. W. Jean Dodds
Dr. Ronald Schultz
 American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Task Force. 2006 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting Literature, 28pp.
 American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Task Force. 2003 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting Literature, 28pp.
CALIFORNIA RABIES BILL AB 272 seeking to lower the required age of vaccination for dogs from 16 weeks to 12 weeks will have a hearing 3/13/13 before the Assembly Agriculture Comittee AB 272 Assembly Bill - INTRODUCED.
What You Can Do to Help:
Contact Committee Chair Susan Eggman [email protected] (916) 319-2013 & committee members below and ask them TO REJECT this bill.
California Agriculture Committee Members
Susan T. Eggman, Chair [email protected] (916) 319-2013
Kristen Olsen, Vice Chair [email protected] (916) 319-2012
Toni Atkins [email protected] (916) 319-2078
Brian Dahle [email protected] (916) 319-2001
Richard Pan [email protected] (916) 319-2009
Bill Quirk [email protected] (916) 319-2020
Marioko Yamada [email protected] (916) 319-2020
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URGENT ACTION ALERT: CALIFORNIA AB 272, which would lower the age at which puppies must be vaccinated from four months to three months will be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday April 10th AB 272 Assembly Bill - Status
Please contact Appropriations Committee Chair Mike Gatto (916) 319-2043 [email protected] & ask the committee to OPPOSE AB 272.
URGENT CALIFORNIA AB 272, lowering the age at which puppies must be vaccinated against rabies from 4 to 3 months will have 2nd full House consideration TODAY. Contact your legislators & tell them to OPPOSE AB 272 Find Your California Representative.
Unfortunately, Appropriations unanimously passed this yesterday, despite the bill summary AB 272 Assembly Bill - Bill Analysis indicating that, as currently worded, it will not accomplish the authors' stated goals. California Assembly calendar for today ftp://leginfo.public.ca.gov/pub/dail...assembly_floor .
Dr. W. Jean Dodds' video interview with Dr. Karen Becker on California AB 272 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZzmVtfzO08 .
CALIFORNIA AB 272, lowering the age at which puppies must be vaccinated against rabies from 4 to 3 months will have its 2nd full House vote Monday April 15. Please contact your legislators & tell them to OPPOSE AB 272 Find Your California Representative.
Assembly Calender for Monday April 15th ftp://leginfo.public.ca.gov/pub/dail...assembly_floor
URGENT ALERT: California Rabies Bill AB 272 http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/...ed_asm_v97.pdf, which seeks to lower the age at which dogs must be vaccinated from 4 months to 3 months, will soon be scheduled for a final Assembly vote, and if passed, it will move on to the Senate. Prior Assembly votes supporting AB 272 are baffling as all 4 Assembly analyses (three of which contain inaccurate information on state rabies laws) indicate AB 272 will NOT accomplish the stated goals of its sponsors, the Health Officers Association of California.
Lowering the required age of rabies vaccination to 3 months increases the likelihood of adverse vaccine reactions as well as failure to immunize due to residual maternal antibodies and interference from other puppy vaccines given at 3 months. There is significant opposition to AB 272 from The Rabies Challenge Fund, The California Federation of Dog Clubs, dog organizations, veterinarians, and private individuals.
What You Can Do to Help
Contact your Assemblymembers and Senator, by phone or e-mail, (click here to find your Legislators California State Legislature—Your Legislator) and ask them to OPPOSE Rabies Bill AB 272.
Dr. Dodds' Interview on AB 272 with Dr. Karen Becker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZzmVtfzO08 .
CALIFORNIA AB 272--Asm. Gomez & the Assembly apparently think this bill is a joke California Dog Vaccination Bill Renamed 'Cujo's Law' - YouTube .
If you are concerned about stopping this bill, please contact your Assemblymember TODAY California State Legislature—Your Legislator & ask them to PUT A HOLD ON BILL AB 272 -- it only takes ONE Assemblymember to put a hold on this bill. Ask every California resident you know to do the same.
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