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NOAH: ‘Vaccine hesitancy’ could lead to deadly mistakes

Mistaken beliefs about pet vaccines and a growing hesitancy towards vaccination could give rise to deadly diseases that not only affect companion animals but also people, animal medicine association National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) has warned.

With PDSA’s annual PAW Report signalling a 7% drop in vaccination rates for both dogs and cats between 2011 and 2017, and only 50% rabbits receiving a primary vaccination when young in 2017, with 55% not receiving their annual booster vaccinations vaccine coverage is falling dangerously low for achieving the 70% coverage recommended to ensure “herd immunity”, which means pets could once again be at risk from painful and potentially deadly illnesses.

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