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Vaccine Controversies Aren’t Limited to Pets

Over the last few years, I have written several times about the confusion that clouds the subject of animal vaccines. Nobody, and I mean nobody,...

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  May 24th 2008


Over the last few years, I have written several times about the confusion that clouds the subject of animal vaccines. Nobody, and I mean nobody, can provide definitive answers to quandaries such as how often pets should receive vaccines and which vaccines should be administered to which pets. People love to argue about the subjects, the the simple fact is that there are no simple answers to the questions.

As a concerned pet lover, it may (or may not) please you to know that similar controversies exist in the human medical community as well. I was reminded of this as I was perusing the February, 2008 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The Journal contained a lengthy paper discussing the history of the controversial (and now discredited) suspected link between vaccines and autism in humans.

In the medical community, that particular controversy has for the most part died down. But plenty of other controversies remain. In fact, the subject of human vaccination is just as contentious as its veterinary counterpart.

Sadly for doctors of all stripes, an end to the controversy is not in sight.

For reference, the paper mentioned in this post is Baker, Am J Public Health 2008;98:244-253.