In general, we over vaccinate; our children, our pets and ourselves.
"A study of more than 2,000 cats and dogs in the United Kingdom by Canine Health Concern showed a 1 in 10 risk of adverse reactions from vaccines. This contradicts what the vaccine manufacturers report for rates of adverse reactions, which is “less than 15 adverse reactions in 100,000 animals vaccinated” (0.015 percent). It should be no surprise that adverse reactions of small breeds are 10 times higher than large breeds, suggesting standard vaccine doses are too high for smaller animals."
"Many vets cling to annual vaccine schedules because of economic dependence more than maintaining a “cautious” standard of care. This is particularly true for the typical small vet practice (1-3 people, non-specialty, non-emergency practices). Just take a look at the profit margin: A single rabies vaccine costs the vet about 61 cents per unit. The client (pet owner) is typically charged between $15 and $38, plus a standard $35 office visit. The markup on the vaccine alone is 2,400 percent to 6,200 percent—a markup equivalent to charging $217 for a loaf of bread. According to one estimate, eliminating the one-year rabies vaccination and the accompanying office visit for dogs alone would decrease the average small vet’s income from $87,000 to $25,000—and this doesn’t include cats or other vaccinations. According to James Schwartz, author of Trust Me, I’m Not a Veterinarian, 63 percent of canine and 70 percent of feline vet office visits are just for vaccinations. No question why there’s heavy opposition to eliminating the yearly vaccine schedule. Clearly, this would result in a huge economic loss for any veterinary practice that is built around boosters. Here’s something else to wrap your head around; the vaccines you are paying so much for? They are providing even more income for vets, simply because the adverse reactions and other medical issues caused by the vaccines keep Fido coming back more often than you would like to take him!"