Antivax extends to frond animals

Ten or twelve? While the whole country is waiting to see what the exact number of vaccines that will be compulsory for school entry will be, there is another front on which antivaxinists have begun to emerge: Veterinarian. In fact, Italians’ distrust of the vaccine seems to affect pets, and not just children.. 34% of the adult population in Italy (equivalent to 7,700,000 households) own a pet, but only 46% vaccinate it regularly and 17% do not submit any kind of prophylaxis to their pet. According to a recent survey conducted by GfK Eurisko on behalf of Msd Animal Health. Although dogs or cats are exactly like family members.

“When it comes to vaccinations in Italy, we have two opposite situations – explained Paula Dal’ara, a professor of veterinary immunology at the University of Milan. A past where vaccinations were given even more often. Until recently, people went to the vet every year to perform. Now there is more awareness about the effectiveness of certain vaccines (such as live attenuated) so it is recommended to reduce the boosters. Others, on the other hand, need regular maintenance. On the other hand, we are suffering from the same problem that is related to human health: the anti-VAT front. If a person is against the vaccine, they are against the vaccine for themselves, their children and even animals. Unfortunately, even today the percentage of vaccinated dogs and cats is still too low to ensure immunity. Who knows what side effects are more likely to be vaccinated for fear of this. This is a situation that veterinarians all over Italy tell me about. “

The fear is always the same, of making a loved one a victim of unwanted side effects. And although this possibility is more tolerated in diseases that must be treated with medication, it is difficult to accept for preventive treatment. So there is a section of Italians who prefer not to put their pets at risk of a disease that has not yet manifested itself.

Paula Dal’ara, who recently translated the vaccine guidelines for dogs and cats drawn up by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s (Wsava) Vaccination Guidelines Group (Vgg), explained that “today people are more inclined towards pets at home. “With a greater focus on treatment and prevention, their awareness has increased. As a result, their average life expectancy has increased. There is a tendency to travel more and more precisely because everyone now brings their animals with them, so it is appropriate to vaccinate them.”

There is no compulsory vaccine in veterinary medicine, Unless there is a specific need (such as in the case of rabies which can be carried by wild species in some areas). It is then highly recommended that the so-called core vaccine which, for example, for small animals, should be adopted by all dogs and cats regardless of the situation and geographical location as per Wsava guidelines. For dogs, they protect against distemper, infectious hepatitis and parvo. The main vaccines for cats are those that protect against pneumococcal and calcivirus and herpesvirus respiratory diseases. In areas of the world where the rabies virus is endemic, the rabies vaccine is also considered a basic vaccine. Then there are vaccines that are considered optional, or non-core, These are no less important, but have been recommended as appropriate. For example, depending on the geographical area or the livelihood of the animal (e.g. vaccine against dog leptospirosis in Italy). For extremely important diseases, vaccination is recommended to build up the immunity of livestock like humans. Wsava also recommends the use of serological tests in outpatients to determine the protection provided by the original vaccine after vaccination. To manage the prevalence of infectious diseases in caterpillars and canals and to determine whether or not dogs and cats need seroprotection and vaccines, which are not always necessary. In fact, the vaccine should not be given when it is not needed: “We must aim to vaccinate every animal with the original vaccine. Non-core vaccines should not be given more frequently than needed“This is the basic idea expressed by Wsava.

Animal health is not the only reason for the growing interest in research and development of new drugs. A vast and still partially undiscovered field, especially as an honor Vaccine sector which has been proven to flourish. Attention to veterinary health is also growing at an alarming rate due to the increasing number of animals, both for income and as companions, and for related diseases. Hard fight against Antibiotic resistance Advises to focus on prevention. It’s no coincidence that last year’s activitiesEuropean Pharmaceutical Agency (EMA) In veterinary medicine, they have focused on the availability of vaccines.

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