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Kris L. Christine--Introduction from Maine

Kris Christine
June 13th, 2008, 06:42 AM

My name is Kris L. Christine. I live in Maine and am the Founder and Co-Trustee of THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND. My precious canine companion, Meadow, developed a malignant mast cell tumor directly on the site of his rabies shot at the age of 6 (syringe hole still visible in the tumor) and died in July after repeated surgeries failed to yield clean margins and the cancer metasticized throughout his body.

It is my goal to make available to all dog owners the scientific data on the known durations of immunity for canine vaccines and the adverse reactions associated with them so that they can make informed vaccine decisions for their beloved companions. In 2004 I launched a successful effort to change Maine's rabies immunization regulations for dogs from 2 to 3 years and insert a medical exemption clause; later that year Representative Peter Rines introduced the nation's first pet vaccine disclosure legislation on my behalf.

If anyone would like copies of the American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines, the 1992 French challenge study demonstrating that dogs were immune to a rabies challenge 5 years after vaccination, the 2003 Italian study documenting fibrosarcomas at the presumed injection sites of rabies vaccines in dogs, as well as Dr. W. Jean Dodds' papers on vaccinal adverse reactions and some of Dr. Schultz's material, please contact me.

June 13th, 2008, 10:43 AM
Hi Kris, and welcome to! I'm definitely familiar with The Rabies Challenge Fund ( and fully support what you guys are doing. I think it's about time this issue was looked at in greater depth. Keep up the good work!


June 13th, 2008, 11:02 AM
Welcome to the forum.

June 13th, 2008, 07:26 PM
Welcome to the board, Kris!

Kris Christine
June 14th, 2008, 04:51 AM
Thank you so much for the welcome!

There are some great links to excellent information on canine vaccines (the American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Guidelines and World Small Animal Veterinary Association Vaccine Guidelines, etc...) that I would like to post for the forum members but they are not accepted, is there a trick to posting links?

Again, thank you for the welcome!


Kris Christine
June 14th, 2008, 05:07 AM
My links are now being accepted for posting, so here they are for those of you who may be interested.


Rabies Shot Killed my Poodle May 28, 2008 Channel 5 News WCVB

Duration of Immunity to Canine Vaccines: What We Know and Don't Know, Dr. Ronald Schultz

What Everyone Needs to Know about Canine Vaccines, Dr. Ronald Schultz ne%20Vaccines.htm

World Small Animal Veterinary Association 2007 Vaccine Guidelines Scroll down to Vaccine Guidelines 2007 (PDF)

The 2003 American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines are accessible online at .

The 2006 American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines are downloadable in PDF format at .

Veterinarian, Dr. Robert Rogers,has an excellent presentation on veterinary vaccines at

October 1, 2002 DVM Newsletter article entitled, AVMA, AAHA to Release Vaccine Positions,

July 1, 2003 DVM Newsletter article entitled, What Do We Tell Our Clients?, Developing thorough plan to educate staff on changing vaccine protocols essential for maintaining solid relationships with clients and ensuring quality care

July 1, 2003, DVM Newsletter article, Developing Common Sense Strategies for Fiscal Responsibility: Using an interactive template to plan service protocol changes

Animal Wellness Magazine Article Vol. 8 Issue 6, How Often Does he REALLY Need A Rabies Shot Animal Wellness Magazine - devoted to natural health in animals (

The Rabies Challenge Animal Wise Radio Interview
Listen to Animal Wise ( 862573AC007EE99B&quot) (scroll down to The Rabies Challenge 12/9/07)

The Vaccine Challenge Animal Talk Naturally Online Radio Show The Vaccine Challenge - Show #91 (

US Declared Canine-Rabies Free -- CDC Announces at Inaugural World Rabies Day Symposium CDC Press Release - September 7, 2007 (

Rabies Prevention -- United States, 1991 Recommendations of the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (ACIP), Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly March 22, 1991 / 40(RR03);1-19 "A fully vaccinated dog or cat is unlikely to become infected with rabies, although rare cases have been reported (48). In a nationwide study of rabies among dogs and cats in 1988, only one dog and two cats that were vaccinated contracted rabies (49). All three of these animals had received only single doses of vaccine; no documented vaccine failures occurred among dogs or cats that had received two vaccinations. "

June 15th, 2008, 04:13 PM
Welcome Kris and thanks for the great information! The links are very valuable for anyone with dogs or cats. I wish you luck with the
The Rabies Challenge Fund (
:thumbs up

June 15th, 2008, 06:35 PM
Welcome Kris.. Nice to have you aboard.. and great share too..

Kris Christine
June 17th, 2008, 05:34 AM
Thank you! I am so glad that you find the links helpful and interesting!