Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Suggestions you can use to wade through the information on vaccines



I will start of this post by saying that I am very cautious about vaccines in my own animals and myself.  I believe vaccines offer immunity for years, if not for a lifetime, and potentially down the generations as well via the colostrum.  I'm not going to answer the vaccine question for you, or for your animals.  Rather than attempt to sway you to my way of looking at vaccines, I'm offering some definitions and some resources so you can go out and do your own research and make up your own mind.
You can google any one of these words, or combinations of these words, and come back with hundreds of relevant and not-so-relevant websites.  The links I provide will lead you to more links, as well as the names of well-known veterinarians.  Go forth and learn!

Terms like disease, infection, bacteria, virus, sickness, illness, toxoids all get tossed around in conversations about vaccines.  Do you find the terms confusing?  I know I used to.  So let's talk a bit about the labels we use.
Disease:  a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.
"bacterial meningitis is a rare disease"
synonyms:illness, sickness, ill health; 
Infection:  the process of infecting or the state of being infected.