Originally Posted by librarychick
I've done a ton of research on this and I think that this 'cold' is linked to him getting the original shot when his immune system was still weak. IMO this shot weakened his immune system, causing the virus he was fighting to strengthen and become feline herpes. Again, IMO and from what I've found. my vet also thought feline herpes was likely when I asked, but also said testing isn't worth it.
Now my dilemma is whether to keep vaccinating. From the things i've read in the vast majority of cases one or two shots as a kitten, done at the appropriate time, can provide lifetime immunity. this does make sense to me. We don't get many shots yearly, just the flue vaccine and that's because it's a different strain every year. So why do they need yearlies?
Especially when you hear about sarcomas, long lasting immune issues, and serious reactions to vaccines.
Excellent question and one frequently discussed on the forums! My friend is a DVM and I myself will be graduating from MD school this year. Generally, guidelines for vaccinations already have the risks and benefits weighed for you. Studies and mathematical extrapolations such as cost effectiveness, morbidity and mortality, etc. are considered. For example, in the annual human flu shot, it was found that it may just be cheaper to vaccinate higher risk populations as opposed to treating the actual flu and the flu in select populations has frequently even caused death (e.g. elderly, immunocompromised, etc.).
With regards to the question about whether the vaccine immunocompromised your cat: it seems unlikely. Vaccines typically have only proteins or dead virus or very very weak virus. They are aimed at exposing just a tiny bit to kitty so they can develop an immunologic memory, memory immune cells are actually made in the process and that way kitty can have a fast robust response in an exposure as opposed to literally taking the long time to make up an army while an infection progresses. Making memory cells takes awhile. However, I trust the vet would not have administered it should s/he suspect it will do more harm than good.
With regards to research, it is excellent that you are doing your own reading! I find it helps patients and their caregivers be more enthusiastic about giving the best care. Can vaccines cause adverse reactions? Of course. But everything comes with risk, most things can cause severe outcomes albeit the vast majority of the time it is extremely rare. There is a lot of information out there, but please take caution to make sure the source is reputable i.e. from someone licensed and/or with a good educational background in the field. The vet as well as vet schools will have the best resources to offer for further reading.
If you are still unsure, I would set up a time to meet with the doctor and discuss what the rationale behind the vaccination schedule is and weigh the risks and benefits together. For my own Snowy, we just follow the guidelines!
Snowy also has feline herpes virus and the vet explained that flare ups can happen throughout life. The virus will be in him forever so I am not surprised Muffin continues to have airway and mucocutaneous findings. The lysine does wonders for him. My bf stopped the lysine supplements too and the symptoms came back. Some of Muffinís findings can be related to not being on the lysine +/- a typical herpes flare up.