AAHA’s Canine Vaccination Guidelines to Improve Owner Compliance

Published on Sep 5, 2022 12:00 AM
AAHA’s Canine Vaccination Guidelines to Improve Owner Compliance

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) launched the 2022 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines to help veterinarians create comprehensive and personalized vaccination plans for their patients.

As per the report of AAHA, there is no such thing as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach when it comes to vaccinating dogs.

The new Canine Vaccination Guidelines launched by AAHA will let veterinary practitioners look beyond the “core” and “non-core” vaccines with some additional factors. These guidelines are designed to improve the owner's compliance.

The updated resource inspires veterinarians to look beyond “core” and “non-core” vaccine categories by introducing some additional considerations to improve personalized vaccination recommendations for canines, believing it's hard to find an all-in-one vaccine solution for dogs.

While briefing about the upgrades, AAHA Chief Medical Officer, Jessica Vogelsang, DVM emphasized the importance of canine vaccination guidelines.
“The 2022 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines are an important update to one of our most frequently referenced manuscripts,” she added.

She Further Explained the New Updates in The Guidelines

“The guidelines contain updates on recommended vaccination protocols based on age, lifestyle, and the increasing prevalence of certain diseases, such as leptospirosis.”

The AAHA Chief Medical Officer added.

Key Elements of the Plan

  • Developing a customized strategy for each patient inoculated with necessary (i.e. core) and "non-core" vaccinations depending on age, lifestyle, region, and other factors.
  • Engaging the whole veterinary team with the new immunization plan, as well as giving customers consistent messaging and a better grasp of the overall health plan.
  • Providing veterinarians with the information they need to create the optimum immunization regimen for their patients, including disease frequency in their area.
  • The recommendations also provide client education tools and advice for discussing the vaccination plan with pet owners, especially those who are vaccine-hesitant.

John Ellis, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, DACVM, Chair of the 2022 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines Task Force, warned about infections that can be transferred from dogs to humans.

Vaccines are an essential part of preventive canine healthcare for both individuals and populations, [and] they provide an important barrier to some infectious agents that can pass from dogs to humans," John Ellis added.  

"In the 2022 guidelines, we’ve provided veterinarians with a blueprint for developing vaccine protocols for their patients that address individualized risk and ensure all dogs, no matter their lifestyle, are protected from disease, and that herd immunity is maintained," John continued.