The American Association of Feline Practitioners has published "new" (2006) vaccination protocols....the document is herehttp://www.aafponline.org/resources/...ines_JAVMA.pdf
More info here http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...em=vaccination
including this very interesting paragraph:
"Immunologically, annual boosters are totally unnecessary
for the vast majority of animals. The way the immune system works, a vaccine does not suddenly lose its effectiveness a year and a day after the last shot, although some veterinarians imply that being even a tiny bit late for a booster is putting your animal at grave risk. Itâ€™s just not true. If a vaccine produces adequate antibodies, and those antibodies are still in the blood the following year, they will actually inactivate the booster, making it worthless as a protector, and potentially a danger. Additional vaccine doses in an immunized animal
do not increase or improve the immunity, but they do increase the risks
It's not enough to just ask your Vet about the necessity of vaccinations........Vets run businesses...read that again: Vets run businesses
. Unless you're in a stupor, you will recognize a potential for a huge conflict of interest where it comes to Vets providing advice in this matter. Fewer annual "shots" = less annual profit. That is indisputable. Many Vets also fear that, if clients don't believe that annual "shots" are necessary, they won't bring the animal in for (even) a yearly checkup. There is probably some truth in that....a result of misinformation, poor education and understanding in pet parents.
Individually, we need to get smarter. Many of us, as a result of the recent food recalls, came to realize that we cannot blindly trust the pet food Establishment any longer. Sadly, many of us still do (many of us believe that all pet foods are now safe!) We MUST take responsibility for learning as much as we can about our pets' health and nutrition needs, and then take our rightful place in making informed decisions (yes, in consultation with our Vets).
Blind trust in "professionals"? Continue at your fur kids' peril.