CHICAGO OWNERS SHOULD MINIMIZE THEIR DOG’S EXPOSURE TO OTHER DOGS, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.
Update, March 31: Dr. Brendan McKiernan, director of the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana and an internationally renowned specialist in respiratory diseases of dogs and cats, advises giving the canine influenza vaccination to Chicago area dogs that will be around other dogs (at shows, boarding, dog parks, etc.), at least until this outbreak is over. “Avoidance of exposure is the name of the game for now,” he adds. “Even if you vaccinate, the vaccines are protective only after the booster, injected three to four weeks after the initial vaccination. We also won’t know for a while whether this is the same canine influenza virus that is in the vaccine, or if it is a mutation of that virus. Lastly, remember that no vaccine can be 100 percent protective.”
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