Vaccination Guidelines and Spring Cleaning
Since 2003, veterinarians and dog owners have been able to look to a set of guidelines to decide how often to vaccinate their canine patients – and their pets. Editor Susan Chaney reports on the most recently updated “AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines,” published in the September-October 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. Find out what the experts in vaccines and immunology have recommended, and learn how the standard of care varies greatly from practice to practice.
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AAHA Vaccination Guidelines Help Vets Navigate Infectious Disease Prevention Waters
By Susan Chaney
Prior to 2003, veterinarians turned to a variety of sources to decide how often to vaccinate their canine patients. Since then, thanks to the work of experts in immunity, infectious diseases and internal medicine, they have been able to look to a set of guidelines, most recently updated just last year and published in the September-October 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.
Ronald D. Schultz, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine Department of Pathobiological Sciences has been part of the collaborative effort to develop and update the guidelines from their beginnings. more