John Fleming DVM

13037 S. 82nd Court
Palos Park, IL 60462


               Seven Shots A Year? No Thanks. Lets discuss current (actually since 2000!) recommendations.


     It is common knowledge among veterinarians that all dogs and cats do not need every vaccine yearly. Since January 3rd, 2000 Prairie State has been recommending less vaccines and tailor them to the individual pet's risk. When someone is leaving our practice and moving to a new area and ask how they can judge a new practice, I tell them to call a clinic and ask if they recommend all vaccines every year. If they do I recommend looking elsewhere. To me this means the motivation for the practice is income driven and you can expect that all aspects of that practice may be money driven. That being said, there are some vaccines that do need to be given yearly and those are the bacterial disease vaccines: Leptospirosis and Lyme disease. Our bodies make very good immunity to viruses like rabies, distemper and parvovirus but not to the bacterial diseases. Prairie State does not "push" vaccines. Never has, never will. If you would like to read the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) guidelines: and click on vaccine guidelines.