Yes, you should vaccinate your pets. And no, they can not get autism.
This is the surreal message that the British Veterinary Association (BVA) pushes out to pet owners. It comes amid an increasing trend of individuals who refuse to vaccinate their dogs because of a false belief that shots can cause autism. This theory, which originally came from a widely discredited and later withdrawn 1998 study purporting to link autism to the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, has been repeatedly refuted in humans and has no scientific basis for animals.
"There is currently no reliable scientific evidence that points to autism in dogs (or their association with vaccines)," wrote the BVA on Tuesday after the morning show Good Morning Britain a pet owner request resisted vaccinations. "Potential side effects of vaccines are rare and are outweighed by the benefits of protecting against disease."
The following day, the organization tweeted: "Scare tactics can lead to knee-jerk reactions that can lead to disease outbreaks." [VaccinesWork] 1