|Florida now requires its county governments to recognize a three-year rabies vaccine protocol.
Though the counties in Florida currently dictate which protocol to follow, at least 13 out of the state`s 67 counties allow the three-year protocol, and residents who move their animals from those counties to one-year protocol counties will not be required to have their animals vaccinated until the three-year vaccine expires, says Dr. Harvey Rubin, special consultant for veterinary affairs with the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA).
`The controlling authority in Florida is the county, and they establish their own law. This new law means that if you move into a one-year county, then they must recognize the vaccination for the full three years, but the counties still have control over what they want,` Rubin says.
Subsequently, veterinarians are permitted to recognize the duration of immunity for their patients` vaccines.
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