Good benefits outweigh the bad
Why do vets insist on advising annual vaccinations for dogs when everything I have read indicates that immunity lasts much longer?
Well they don’t. Or, at least, they shouldn’t…
After a course of primary puppy vaccinations, the first year booster confers at least three years of immunity against distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus. Unfortunately, this antibody response does not occur with leptospirosis or kennel cough and these require an annual booster.
Many practices can now do in-house titre testing relatively cheaply, which can allow a further reduction in the frequency of vaccination, or, of course, it may just add more to the cost!
Much of what I read online about vaccination and the problems associated with it is complete unsubstantiated tosh. All potent medications have the potential for side-effects but much good has been done by vaccination. Think small pox, polio, distemper and parvovirus.