People typically do not get vaccines very often, perhaps excluding the annual flu vaccine, because it is not necessary to do so. When we get a vaccine, we have prolonged protection and can be certain that the antibodies will not simply disappear this exact time next year. So why would it be any different with our dogs? The answer is simple; It is not any different!
In reality, vaccinating your dog with every available vaccine every single year can do more harm than good. Dogs simply do not need to get re-vaccinated every year, immunity from vaccines often lasts much longer than that.
It is strongly recommended that you do your research on vaccines, what diseases are present or problematic in your area, and determine exactly which protocol you want to follow. Take your desired protocol to your vet and get them on board. Many dog owners are now choosing to follow Dr. Dodds minimal vaccine protocol; This protocol states that puppies will be vaccinated for DISTEMPER and PARVO only - and rabies, as required by law, and not given anything else. That means that over the course of your pet's life, they will be vaccinated for only 3 things - Distemper, Parvovirus and Rabies - the three deadly diseases that can kill your pet should he or she contract either one.
Vaccines for diseases such as kennel cough, parainfluenza, and adenovirus are typically unnecessary. These viruses are the equivalent of a cough or the flu in humans, and healthy dogs can easily overcome them. It is unheard of for a dog to die of kennel cough, and kennel cough is a repeated visitor at humane societies and animal shelters across North America - very few animals die from this, and those often have a suppressed immune system. Distemper, parvovirus and rabies are deadly diseases that often end in death, which is why vaccination for these three diseases are quite helpful. Rabies is a frightening, terrible disease that kills animals and humans without fail. The survival rate for animals or humans infected with rabies is virtually zero. It is required by law to vaccinate against Rabies, and it is extremely important that this is done on schedule.
It is important to do your research and consult your veterinarian, and don't be afraid to find a veterinarian that respects the way you wish you care for your dog and will work with you instead of trying to do what they think it best without your input.