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Canine Influenza H3N8 Vaccine

Canine influenza was first identified as a disease in U.S. dogs in 2004, after an outbreak of respiratory disease in racing greyhounds in Florida.  Since then, it has continued to spread and has now been detected in dogs in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

Studies indicate that the vaccine can reduce the incidence and severity of lung lesions, as well as the duration of coughing and viral shedding.  The product is administered by injection, and is recommended for use in healthy dogs at six weeks of age or older as an aid in the control of disease associated with canine influenza virus infection.

Under the conditional license, the product may be distributed as authorized in each state, and used by, or under the supervision of, veterinarians.  During the one-year conditional license period, the CVB will continue to monitor the product’s performance and will evaluate the company’s progress toward full licensure.

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