Leading Off: The feline vaccine guidelines are more accessible than ever
The most recent guidelines were published in November 2006 in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. However, at 37 pages, most people will not survive reading this extensive document. Thus, the Feline Vaccine Advisory Panel has condensed the valuable information into a user-friendly table, making the guidelines more accessible to all practitioners.
The guidelines reiterate past recommendations for vaccines in adult cats and also present important new information concerning kittenhood vaccinations. Compared with adult cats, kittens are generally more susceptible to infection and typically develop more severe disease in response to infection by many of the viruses we discuss in the guidelines. New information has led to changes in protocols for panleukopenia, rabies, and feline leukemia virus vaccination for this age group.We encourage you to download the user-friendly table from the AAFP Web site at http://www.catvets.com/professionals/guidelines/publications/?Id=176 and use it in your practice.
Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP (feline practice), is the immediate past president of the AAFP and an AAFP Feline Vaccine Advisory Panel member. She is also the editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.