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2011 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines

Published in 2011 (Sep/Oct)

Since the last time the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) Canine Vaccination Guidelines were revised in 2006, new vaccines have been licensed, others have been withdrawn, and new information has led to the revision of previous recommendations. The 2011 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines offer a comprehensive review of canine vaccines currently available in North America, updated recommendations for core versus non-core vaccines, and revised recommendations for shelter-housed dogs.

Developed in a manner consistent with best vaccination practices, the 2011 Guidelines include expert opinions supported by scientific study, published and unpublished documents, and encompass all canine vaccines currently licensed in the U.S. and Canada. The task force that developed the guidelines included experts in immunology, infectious diseases, internal medicine, law, and clinical practice.

To help address common questions heard by members of the task force about canine vaccination issues asked by practicing veterinarians, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section was added to the Guidelines. Since scientific studies and referred journal publications are not available to support all of the vaccination recommendations included within the FAQ section, some answers are based on unpublished studies, current knowledge of immunology, and the experiences of experts in the field.

Also new to this edition:

  • Updated recommendations on serologic testing
  • Expanded discussion on vaccine adverse events
  • Review of the legal implications associated with administering vaccines in clinical practice
  • Full consideration of both U.S. and Canadian canine vaccination regulations

To view the 2011 AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines, please click here.

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