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INFECTIOUS DISEASE: CANINE INFLUENZA VACCINE

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CANINE INFLUENZA VACCINE

As of December 2015 we do not recommend routine influenza vaccination for our canine patients. We have several important reasons for this recommendation; the single most important reason is that the risk of serious illness due to influenza infection is incredibly small for dogs that live in Maine and who will not be travelling to other parts of the US where the infection occurs occasionally. 

In the rare, non-routine case of a dog that will be travelling somewhere that the vaccine is required and/or where there is greater risk of contracting influenza, we can provide the vaccination. In these cases, we want the owner to be aware that the vaccine protocol is an initial vaccination, followed by a booster in three weeks, and then one per year for maintenance of protection. The dog is not protected until at least one week after the second of the two initial vaccines; this means that vaccination needs to occur at least one month prior to the time protection is needed. Also, vaccinated dogs that are exposed to influenza may still get sick, and are capable of harboring and spreading the influenza virus.

For detailed information about Canine Influenza, please see the following excellent articles:

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=3610
https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/Canine-Influenza-Backgrounder.aspx

Yarmouth Veterinary Center
2015

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