Bordatella Vaccines Necessary?
Seems a week doesn't go by without a question being asked
about the vaccines that vets recommend on a regular basis for
You probably know by know that we are against the majority
of these vaccines. Our lay opinion, based upon reading the
opionions of experts that we trust and respect is that over
vaccination is one of the causes of suppressed immune
systems in our dogs causing serious potential health
In an article a veterinarian who has spent years addressing
Here's the article:
"Bordatella Vaccination for Dogs: Fraud and Fallacy
by: Patricia Jordan DVM
Bordatella or Kennel Cough is commonly required by boarding kennels
and veterinary hospitals. These vaccinations are delivered to a
staggeringly large percentage of dogs and the reason is not to
protect your dog: the reason is to protect these facilities against
The proprietors who push for these vaccines may be assuming more
liability than they can handle and the stakes are very high. The
truth is, the vaccines are not only ineffective but they are far
from safe. Yet they are routinely given to combat a self limiting
disease that amounts to as much danger to your dog as the common
cold does to you.
What is interesting is that when you bring your dog to the vet for
his Bordatella vaccination, he will have already been exposed to
the natural flora: all animals are exposed to both Bordatella and
Parainfluenza prior to vaccination. It makes little sense to
vaccinate an animal for something he has already been exposed to.
There are at least forty agents capable of initiating Bordatella so
vaccination might appear to be prudent if it weren't for the fact
that only two of these agents are contained in the intranasal
vaccine. This poor percentage truly makes the Bordatella vaccine a
shot in the dark. The lack of efficacy is well summarized by noted
immunologist Dr. Ronald Schultz: "Kennel Cough is not a
Despite the lack of any real effectiveness, the Bordatella vaccine
is routinely given and touted as safe, especially in the intranasal
form. Make no mistake however: the dangers and misinformation
surrounding this seemingly innocuous spray are just as tangible and
frightening as any other vaccination. A major problem with the
Bordatella vaccine is that it is part of a combination vaccine.
Unbeknownst to most pet owners, the Bordatella intranasal spray
also contains Parainfluenza (the vaccine for which is not
surprisingly, just as ineffective as Bordatella). The problems with
the Parainfluenza portion
First, there is a real danger of dangerous immunological overload
when vaccinations are offered in combination. Second, like
Bordatella, most dogs have already been exposed to Parainfluenza,
making the necessity of vaccination questionable. Third, the
Parainfluenza vaccine is just as ineffective as the Bordatella
vaccine because the vaccine does not provide antibody against
Parainfluenza where it is most needed: on the mucosal surfaces.
Other dangers associated with the Bordatella vaccine are obviously
not far removed from the dangers associated with any other
vaccination. Although Bordatella is a bacterial vaccine, we now
know that bacterial vaccines present the same threat as Modified
Live Vaccines. Modified Live Viruses from human vaccines are now
known to become incorporated in the genes of the host and can
shuffle, reassert, and reactivate thirty or more years after
Bacterial genes are capable of the same activity, lurking in the
genetic makeup, waiting to replicate and awaken. The intranasal
Bordatella vaccine has
been known to activate a previously asymptomatic collapsing trachea
and disrupt phagocytic activity which can progress to pneumonia.
The toxins from the vaccine will also kill the ciliated lining of
the trachea, creating a denuded area susceptible to anything coming
down the windpipe. Perhaps collapsing trachea, irritable tracheas
and pneumonias are all complications of Bordatella and the
Vaccination of any sort also elevates histamine which can promote
cancer, chronic inflammation and loss of tolerance. In general, all
vaccination creates immune dysregulation and is responsible for a
vast array of pathology. The Bordatella vaccine can wreak havoc
outside the body as well. Bordatella will shed from a vaccinated
host for seven weeks while Parainfluenza will shed for a week. This
means that every vaccinated dog is a walking dispenser of
potentially damaging bacteria.
While the risk to other dogs is obvious, it should be of little
concern to healthy dogs because Bordatella is generally a self
limiting disease. What you might find surprising is that the shed
bacteria is a risk to other animals...and to people. The reason we
now have a feline Bordatella (and not surprisingly, a feline
Bordatella vaccine), is likely thanks to the widespread use and
subsequent shedding of Bordatella from vaccinated dogs to cats
sharing the household. If this seems hard to imagine, consider how
dogs first fell victim to Canine Influenza.
Canine Influenza was initially documented in racing greyhounds. It
is worth noting that many of these dogs shared tracks with race
horses: race horses who are routinely vaccinated with Equine
Influenza. It is not a stretch to predict Bordatella will infect
gerbils, hamsters and rabbits in the near future and it is with
certainty that the vaccine manufacturers will be well rewarded with
the continued fruits of their canine Bordatella vaccine.
Not surprisingly, humans are not left out of the equation. Ruth
Berkelman MD (Former Assistant Surgeon General, US Public Health
Service) writes: "The potential for both exposure and for adverse
consequences secondary to exposure to veterinary vaccines in humans
is growing. Enhanced efforts are needed to recognize and to prevent
human illness associated with the use of veterinary vaccines". Dr.
Berkelman noted that pertussis an whooping cough-like complaints in
children followed exposure to Bordatella bronchiseptica from the
Bordatella vaccine and it is no coincidence that Bordatella
bronchiseptica and whooping cough pertussis are very closely
related. Interestingly, the rate of whooping cough is highest in
highly vaccinated populations.
Immunocompromised humans and animals are at an elevated risk of
infection from these canine vaccines. There is a recently reported
case of Bordatella bronchiseptica pneumonia in a kidney and
pancreas transplant patient who had to board and subsequently
vaccinate her dogs at a veterinary clinic while she was
hospitalized. Vaccines contain contaminating agents including
mycoplasmas which are also very communicable to humans and other
In the end, vaccination for Bordatella is at best fruitless and at
worst, a pathetic fraudulence at the hands of veterinarians and
vaccine manufacturers. It is up to you whether or not your dog
receives this vaccination and that is not overstating the obvious.
Sadly, most pet owners are aware of this but choose vaccination
because they feel they are at the mercy of boarding kennels,
training schools and veterinarians.
Patricia Jordan practiced conventional veterinary
medicine for twenty years and founded six different veterinary
facilities in North Carolina. Dr. Jordan traced the paths of
immunopathology to vaccine administration and uncovered the cycle
of disease and the endless cycle of disease management that
results from vaccine administration." END dr-jordan.com.
Dr Jordan's opinion is in accord with our view. Big Pharma and
some vets seem more interested in their bottom line or antiquated
notions than in Fido's health.
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