LAS VEGAS — A comprehensive feline vaccination report from the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) is in the drafting stage from a multidisciplinary panel of experts.
Dr. James Richards, director of the Feline Health Center at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine, told attendees of the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) that AAFP's vaccination recommendations are tentatively slated for publication mid-summer 2006.
The vaccination report is expected to outline guidelines for shelters, trap-neuter-release programs, immunocompromised patients and those felines impacted by previous adverse events.
Richards says one of the key premises of the report is: "We need to vaccinate more cats in the population, just not the same ones over and over again."
Since its original publication in 2000, the report is expected to detail updates regarding immune response, duration of immunity, vaccine types, routes of administration, patient considerations, vaccine antigens: core vs. non-core vaccines for feline patients.
The report will emphasize how to:
"Vaccination plays an important role in the control of infectious disease," and as such is a medical procedure that should be undertaken with the same consideration as other medical procedures, Richards adds.
While adverse events remain rare, they do occur. Therefore, feline vaccine protocols should be tailored to the specific needs of the patient, he told WVC attendees.
Talk with clients about the risks and rewards of vaccination. "There is some confusion in minds of clients regarding what is protection," he adds.