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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:09 pm 
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CALIFORNIA AB 272, which seeks to lower the age dogs must be vaccinated against rabies from 4 to 3 month has been sent to the Senate. Please contact your SENATOR http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ immediately & ask them to OPPOSE AB 272, then ask every California resident you know to do the same.

RCF Cover Letter to California Senators:

April 28, 2013

Greetings Senator:

Attached is a letter from The Rabies Challenge Fund, a California charitable trust of which Santa Monica resident, veterinarian & world-renowned veterinary vaccine research scientist Dr. W. Jean Dodds is Co-Trustee, in OPPOSITION to Rabies Bill AB 272. This bill will likely be assigned to your committee this week, after passing the Assembly last week.

AB 272 would require that all dogs be vaccinated against rabies at the age of 3 months instead of 4 months. Lowering the required age of rabies vaccination to 3 months not only increases the likelihood of adverse vaccine reactions when added to other puppy vaccines given at 3 months, but also may fail to adequately immunize due to residual maternal antibodies.

Please bear in mind that there are no veterinarians or veterinary medical practitioners amongst the bill’s sponsors, Health Officers Association of California—the association consists of physicians and speak with no more authority on veterinary medical issues than veterinarians would in sponsoring a bill regulating human medical care.

If you have any questions or would like any of the scientific and/or medical data referenced in the attached letter, you can reach Dr. W. Jean Dodds in California at her veterinary clinic (714) 891-2022 , or you can reach me at legdgespring@lincoln.midcoast.com .

Regards,
Kris L. Christine
Founder, Co-Trustee
The Rabies Challenge Fund
www.RabiesChallengeFund.org

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Kris L. Christine
Founder, Co-Trustee
THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND
www.RabiesChallengeFund.org


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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 5:46 am 
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CALIFORNIA AB 272 which seeks to lower mandated rabies vaccination in dogs from 4 to 3 months has been assigned to the Senate Health Committee. Please contact committee Chair, Senator Hernandez at (916) 651-4024 senator.hernandez@senate.ca.gov, Senator Anderson (vice-chair) senator.anderson@senate.ca.gov (916) 651-4036 and committee members below to OPPOSE AB 272. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bil ... tatus.html

Senate Health Committee: http://biacal.org/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=120267

Ed Hernandez (Chair) senator.hernandez@senate.ca.gov (916) 651-4024
Joel Anderson (Vice Chair) senator.anderson@senate.ca.gov (916) 651-4036
Jim Beall senator.beall@senate.ca.gov (916) 651-4015
Kevin de Leon senator.deleon@senate.ca.gov (916) 651-4022
Mark DeSaulnier senator.desaulnier@senate.ca.gov (916) 651-4007
Bill Monning senator.monning@senate.ca.gov (916) 651-4017
Jim Nielsen senator.nielsen@senate.ca.gov (916) 651-4004
Fran Pavley senator.pavley@senate.ca.gov (916) 651-4023
Lois Wolk senator.wolk@senate.ca.gov (916) 651-4003


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CALIFORNIA AB 272 which seeks to lower the age at which dogs must be vaccinated against rabies from 4 to 3 months will be heard JUNE 5th by the Senate Health Committee.

What You Can Do to Help

Please contact Committee Chair Senator Ed Hernandez (916) 651-4024 Fax (916) 445-0485 senator.hernandez@senate.ca.gov, Senator Joel Anderson (vice-chair) senator.anderson@senate.ca.gov (916) 651-4036 Fax (916) 447-9008 & committee members below and ask them to OPPOSE AB 272. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bil ... tatus.html

Senate Health Committee:

Ed Hernandez (Chair) senator.hernandez@senate.ca.gov Phone (916) 651-4024 Fax (916) 445-0485
Joel Anderson (Vice Chair) senator.anderson@senate.ca.gov Phone (916) 651-4036 Fax (916) 447-9008
Jim Beall senator.beall@senate.ca.gov Phone (916) 651-4015 Fax (916) 323-4529
Kevin de Leon senator.deleon@senate.ca.gov Phone (916) 651-4022 Fax (916) 327-8817
Mark DeSaulnier senator.desaulnier@senate.ca.gov Phone (916) 651-4007 Fax (916) 445-2527
Bill Monning senator.monning@senate.ca.gov Phone (916) 651-4017 Fax (916) 445-8081
Jim Nielsen senator.nielsen@senate.ca.gov Phone (916) 651-4004 Fax (916) 445-7750
Fran Pavley senator.pavley@senate.ca.gov Phone (916) 651-4027 Fax (916) 324-4823
Lois Wolk senator.wolk@senate.ca.gov Phone (916) 651-4003 Fax (916) 323-2304
Senate Health Committee Staff Phone Fax (916) 324-0384


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UPDATE CALIFORNIA Rabies Bill AB 272 was amended in the Senate yesterday (5/28/13) & NO LONGER REQUIRES puppies to be vaccinated against rabies at 3 months http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bil ... n_v96.html ".....(b) (1) Every dog owner, after his or her dog attains the age of
three or four months, shall, at intervals of time not more often than once a year, as may be prescribed by the department, procure its vaccination by a licensed veterinarian with a canine
antirabies vaccine ..."


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PENNSYLVANIA Rabies Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 will be heard in the House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday, JUNE 4th at 9:30 a.m. http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/cteeInfo/Index.cfm?Code=2&CteeBody=H. Please contact Chairs John Maher (717) 783-1522 JMaher@pahousegop.com, Joseph A. Petrarca (717) 787-5142 JPetrarc@pahouse.net & committee members below to ask them to SUPPORT SB 155.

Pennsylvania House Agriculture Committee Members


John Maher, Chair (717) 783-1522 jmaher@pahousegop.com
Joseph A. Petrarca Co-Chair (717) 787-5142 jpetrarc@pahouse.net
Mindy Fee (717) 772-5290 mfee@pahousegop.com
Mike Reese (717) 783-9311 Mreese@pahousegop.com
Stephen Bloom (717) 772-2280 sbloom@pahousegop.com
Michele Brooks (717) 783-5008 mbrooks@pahousegop.com
Gordon Denlinger (717) 787-3531 gdenling@pahousegop.com
Joe Emrick (717) 260-6159 Jemrick@pahousegop.com
Mikie Fleck (717) 787-3335 mfleck@pahousegop.com
Marcia Hahn (717) 783-8573 mhahn@pahousegop.com
David Hickernell (717) 783-2076 Dhickern@pahousegop.com
Rob Kauffman (717) 705-2004 rkauffma@pahousegop.com
Mark Keller (717) 783-1593 mkeller@pahousegop.com
David Millard (717) 783-1102 dmillard@pahousegop.com
Dan Moul (717) 783-5217 dmoul@pahousegop.com
Mike Tobash (717) 260-6148 mtobash@pahousegop.com
Deberah Kula (717) 772-1858 DKuhla@pahouse.net
Brandon Neuman (717) 783-4834 BNeuman@pahouse.net
Scott Conklin (717) 787-9473 SConklin@pahouse.net
Pamela DeLissio (717) 783-4945 PDelissi@pahouse.net
Sid Michaels Kavulich (717) 783-4874 SKavulic@pahouse.net
Rick Mirabito (717) 772-1314 RMirabit@pahouse.net
Mark Painter (717) 783-4073 MPainter@pahouse.net
Mark Rozzi (717) 783-3290 MRozzi@pahouse.net
Jake Wheatley, Jr. (717) 783-3783 JWheatle@pahouse.net


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The Pennsylvania General Assembly unanimously passed SB 155 putting a medical exemption clause into their rabies law today (July 3) & will become the 18th state with an exemption as soon as the bill is signed by the Governor http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/bil ... e=B&bn=155 . Thanks to all who contacted legislators to help get this bill passed!

SB 155 Text: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/leg ... 55&pn=1211


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URGENT CALIFORNIA AB 272 re-amended 8/20/13 by Senate AGAIN lowering the age at which puppies must be vaccinated against rabies to 3 months: "after his or her dog is 3 months of age or older. " Please contact your Senator, Assemblymember (http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov) & bill sponsor Asm. Gomez assemblymember.gomez@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2051 & ask them to OPPOSE or WITHDRAW this bill!

Amended Bill Text as of 8/21/13: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bil ... en_v94.pdf

AB 272 Bill Status & History http://www.legislature.ca.gov/cgi-bin/p ... thor=gomez


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IOWA Rabies Waiver Bill HF2124 ACTION ALERT: Iowa Rep. Marti Anderson has filed a rabies medical exemption bill, HF 2124, and it has been assigned to the Agriculture Committee.. Please contact Agriculture Chair, Pat Grassley pat.grassley@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221 & Agriculture committee members (below) & ask them to support HF2124. Rabies Challenge Fund letter in support below. Bill Text: http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/Legislati ... F2124.html

House Agriculture Committee: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/committees/c ... roupID=694

Pat Grassley Chair pat.grassley@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Jarad J. Klein Vice Chair jarad.klein@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Helen Miller ( Ranking Member helen.miller@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Dwayne Alons dwayne.alons@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Clel Baudler clel.baudler@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Bruce Bearinger bruce.bearinger@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Peter Cownie peter.cownie@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Dave Deyoe dave.deyoe@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Jack Drake jack.drake@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Nancy Dunkel nancy.dunkel@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Curtis Hanson curt.hanson@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Lee Hein lee.hein@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Bobby Kaufmann bobby.kaufmann@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Jerry A. Kearns jerry.kearns@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Daniel Kelley dan.kelley@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Dave Maxwell dave.maxwell@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Brian Moore brian.moore@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Daniel Muhlbauer dan.muhlbauer@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Steven N. Olson steven.olson@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Scott Ourth scott.ourth@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Todd Prichard todd.prichard@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Patti Ruff patti.ruff@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221
Tom Shaw tom.shaw@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221

January 4, 2014



Representative Marti Anderson

House of Representatives HD36



RE: Rabies Medical Exemption for Iowa



Greetings Representative Anderson:



Iowa Code Title 9, Subtitle 1 Chapter 351 Section 351.33 requiring rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats does not contain a provision to exempt unhealthy animals whose veterinarians have determined their medical conditions should preclude vaccination.



The 18 states of Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin all have medical exemption clauses in their rabies laws, with Pennsylvania’s Governor Corbett having just signed one into law on July 9, 2013.



Labels on rabies vaccines declare that they are for “the vaccination of healthy cats, [and] dogs,” because vaccinating an unhealthy animal may not produce the desired immunologic response. As Pfizer’s rabies vaccine labels warn: " A protective immune response may not be elicited if animals are incubating an infectious disease are malnourished or parasitized are stressed due to shipment or environmental conditions are otherwise immunocompromised…." Passage of a medical exemption clause would allow Iowa’s veterinarians to write waivers for animals whose lives would be jeopardized by or whose medical conditions would be exacerbated by vaccination, including those with past anaphylactic reactions to the rabies vaccine or those suffering from cancer, kidney/liver failure, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, lymphoma, grand mal seizures, and chronic autoimmune disorders.



The American Animal Hospital Association advises veterinarians "...to avoid administration of any vaccine to patients with a history of systemic disease suspected to be associated with previous vaccination (e.g., immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, immune-mediated thrombocytopenia) or known to be caused by vaccine (vaccination-site cutaneous ischemic vasculitis after administration of rabies vaccine).” (1) They further recommend that “[d]ogs receiving immunosuppressive chemotherapy should not be vaccinated.” (2)



The State of Maine inserted the following medical exemption into their rabies protocol, Title 7 M.R.S.A., Sec. 3922(3), in April 2005:



“5 A. A letter of exemption from vaccination may be submitted for licensure, if a medical reason exists that precludes the vaccination of the dog. Qualifying letters must be in the form of a written statement, signed by a licensed veterinarian, that includes a description of the dog, and the medical reason that precludes vaccination. If the medical reason is temporary, the letter shall indicate a time of expiration of the exemption.



B. A dog exempted under the provisions of paragraph 5 A, above, shall be considered unvaccinated, for the purposes of 10-144 C.M.R. Ch.251, Section 7(B)(1), (Rules Governing Rabies Management) in the case of said dog's exposure to a confirmed or suspect rabid animal.”



Without a provision for medical waivers in Iowa Code Title 9, Subtitle 1 Chapter 351 Section 351.33, Iowa’s rabies immunization requirement poses an ethical dilemma for veterinarians with seriously ill patients -- they must either violate their Veterinarian’s Oath and administer a rabies vaccine conflicting with sound medical practice and contrary to manufacturer’s labeled instructions, or recommend that clients break the law by not immunizing their unhealthy pets. Additionally, veterinarians face potential liability for any adverse reactions suffered after administering a vaccine inconsistent with labeled directions when immunizing sick animals against rabies. Owners may choose not to comply with the law rather than risk their pets’ lives and subsequently fail to license them to avoid detection.



On behalf of The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust, veterinarian Franchesca Zenitsky, and other Iowa pet owners who have contacted us for assistance, we urge you to introduce legislation to insert a medical exemption clause into Chapter 351 Section 351.33 of the Iowa Code. Please contact me if you would like any scientific data on the rabies vaccine or have any questions.



Sincerely,



Kris L. Christine

Founder, Co-Trustee

THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND

(1) American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Task Force. 2011 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting Literature, Revised p. 21

(2) American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Task Force. 2011 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting Literature, Revised p. 29


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