Vaccines are a safe and beneficial veterinary intervention but they are known to sometimes produce undesired adverse effects or adverse reactions.
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Position statements and guidelines
- WSAVA - Vaccination guidelines for dogs and cats [last accessed 23/3/2017]
- AAFP - 2013 AAFP feline vaccination advisory panel report [last accessed 8/5/2015]
- AAHA - 2011 AAHA canine vaccination guidelines [PDF 1.1 MB] [last accessed 8/5/2015]
- BSAVA - Vaccination [last accessed 6/5/2015]
- BVA - Vaccination - the facts [PDF 92KB][last accessed 6/5/2015]
- NOAH - NOAH statement on canine vaccination [PDF 284KB] [last accessed 6/5/2015]
- VMD - VMD position paper on authorised vaccination schedules for dogs [PDF 287KB] [last accessed 6/5/2015]
Other references of interest
- McClintock, Laura (2015) RCVS Standards Committee Meeting Paper. Vaccine associated adverse effects (VAAE) pp. 21-31 [PDF 2.1MB] [last accessed 6/5/2015]
- Webb, Carla  Vaccines: risk versus benefit. Banfield Clinical Focus [last accessed 6/5/2015]
- Shearer, Patrick  Critically appraised topic (CAT) - Vaccines: risk of vaccine reactions is related to both the number of vaccine injections per visit and the antigen dose rate. Banfield CAT Archive, Fall 2009, Vaccines [last accessed 6/5/2015]
- Gaskell, R.M. et al. (2002) Veterinary Products Committee working group report on feline and canine vaccination. Veterinary Record, 150(5), pp. 126-134
- DEFRA (2001) Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) working group on feline and canine vaccination. [PDF 430KB] [last accessed 6/5/2015]
RCVS Code of Conduct
- For vets - Vaccination record cards (section 13.7-13.9)
- For veterinary nurses - Vaccination of companion animals (section 18.10-18.12)
- To report a suspected adverse event with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.
Image: Lokoru Sarah, a Kaabong community animal health worker, assists Longole Simon Peter with the vaccination of a baby chicken near Kaabong, Uganda. Author: Senior Airman Kaitlyn Johnson. Source: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/464095 This image or file is a work of a U.S. Air Force Airman or employee, taken or made as part of that person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image or file is in the public domain.