North Dakota Alert

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2 year rabies boosters are NOT required by law & there is no 2 year rabies vaccine licensed in the U.S.. North Dakota Title 23, Chapter 23-26 states that: "Vaccinated animal" means an animal that has been vaccinated in compliance with the compendium of animal rabies control issued by the national association of state public health veterinarians." (see below)

Insist that your veterinarian issue a 3 year certificate if your pet has been boostered with a 3 year rabies vaccine after the initial puppy or kitten series.

The NASPHV Rabies Compendium declares that: "[v]accines used in state and local rabies control programs should have at least a 3-year duration of immunity. ....... No laboratory or epidemiologic data exist to support the annual or biennial administration of 3- or 4-year vaccines following the initial series. ....All vaccines must be administered in accordance with the specifications of the product label or package insert."

For more information on what you can do if a veterinarian refuses to issue a 3 year rabies certificate or issues a 2 year certificate after giving a 3 year vaccine:


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