Although a link in humans between vaccines and autism has repeatedly been disproved, some pet owners apparently are refusing to vaccinate their pets.
Rusty Stott, a Utah State University clinical veterinarian, said he has hardly ever seen negative reactions from vaccines in animals.
“Very rare,” he explained. “In fact we don’t see that in dogs, cats or in the farm animals. Maybe one in a thousand have a vaccine reaction.”
Stott said he has no reservations about using vaccines in farm animals.
“I am a firm believer that some vaccines are better than others in providing protection,” he continued. “So, when we design the protocols we try to choose the vaccines that give us the best protection for the purpose that we are using them for to prevent disease.”
The American Veterinarian Medical Association has no statistics showing a growing trend of anti-vaxxer pet owners in the U.S.
He said in working with almost all diseases, in order to prevent an outbreak in a population, about 80 percent of the individuals in that population need to be protected against the disease.
“When you take your children in to get them vaccinated, you are thinking of protecting your kid from getting the measles, for example,” Stott said. “But in the health of the whole community, we are thinking if we have 80 percent of the kids in the community immunized, then we don’t see an outbreak in measles.”