Vaccines for Cats

Core vaccines:

These vaccines should be given to all cats:

Panleukopenia- Herpes-calicivirus vaccine (“ the feline distemper vaccine”):
This vaccine protects cats from 3 viruses that cause of respiratory, oral and eye infections and suppress the immune system. This vaccine can be given as early as 6 weeks of age, and is then followed by boosters every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age. Another booster is given after one year, and then every three years. 

Rabies vaccine:
Rabies is a fatal disease, which can be easily prevented by vaccination. Rabies is contagious to people. The rabies vaccine is required by law. The first dose is given between the age of 12-16 weeks, then yearly.


Non-core vaccines:

The leukemia vaccine:
The feline leukemia virus is associated with immune- suppression and cancer in cats. Although not a core vaccine, it is highly recommended for cats living in a multi cat <household, or cats that go outside. The first dose is given as early as 8 weeks of age, 3-4 weeks later, and then yearly.

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