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5 Changes the Updated AAHA Vaccination Guidelines Bring to Clinics

By Pam Foster
January, 2018

In September 2017, AAHA (The American Animal Hospital Association) introduced its updated Canine Vaccination Guidelines. If you haven’t had a chance to look through the updates, there’s a chance your customers haven’t, either.

This is the perfect time to take a look with the practices in your region! Spring is nearly here, and those disease-carrying pests are about to emerge after a long winter nap. Or if you’re in a warmer climate, the updates are relevant year-round.

Here’s an overview you can discuss during practice visits. It just may spark conversations aboutthe guidelines, what they mean to dogs in your local area, and any related products you can offer from your catalog. 
From Vet Advantage magazine: In September 2017, AAHA introduced its updated Canine Vaccination Guidelines. Here’s what’s new for DSRs and your customers.
1. It’s the first online (web-based, mobile-ready) version, with regular updates
From the AAHA website: “By converting to a web-based format, the Canine Vaccination Task Force is enabled to provide timely updates on vaccination recommendations, references, and newly licensed biologics for use in dogs in clinical practice and shelters in the United States and Canada.” 

Here’s an idea: encourage practices to bookmark the “Vaccination Recommendations for General Practices” page link (and other related links) for quick access. Remind them to refresh the bookmarks often in case there are further updates, and to see information that supplements the Guidelines themselves.

By the way, the updated Guidelines offer “state-by-state information on rabies vaccination law and regulations, and comprehensive information on vaccine storage and handling.”

New at-a-glance reference tables 
For practice reference and staff training, these updated, quick-reference tables summarize recommendations for core and non-core vaccinations… for dogs owned by pet parents as well as shelter dogs.

When you’re out visiting practices, you — the trusted DSR — have an opportunity to revisit the practice’s vaccination protocols and supply needs, and introduce any new solutions you may represent for the following infections:

  • MLV or Recombinant Canine Distemper Virus, Adenovirus-2 and Parvovirus (DAPP), +/- Parainfluenza Virus
  • Rabies virus
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica + canine parainfluenza virus
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica only
  • Leptospira
  • Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Canine Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Canine Influenza Virus-H3N2
  • Crotalus atrox

Help with interpreting results
Positive result? Negative result? Your customers can use the new algorithms outlining indications for antibody testing (serology) as well as recommended actions for different patients depending on their test results.

Updated information on vaccine types along with product information
This is where you come in. Check out the updated product information related to the emerging class of immunotherapeutics approved for use in veterinary medicine. Of course, you always  have our Vet Advantage Manufacturing Library, which includes fact sheets on the latest vaccine products.

From Vet Advantage magazine: In September 2017, AAHA introduced its updated Canine Vaccination Guidelines. Here’s what’s new for DSRs and your customers.

5. And updated client communication/education website
Not only is there an entire website for veterinary professionals, there’s a helpful, updated “AAHA’s Canine Vaccination Guidelines” section for pet owners and others interested in pet health. Clinic teams can use this site for staff training as well, because it offers helpful insights on Core vs. Noncore vaccinations as well as eight questions to “Ask your veterinarian.”

Also be sure to check out and discuss other AAHA resources, including: 

  • A Frequently Asked Questions page, which provides updated answers related to recommendations, overdue vaccinations, antibody testing vs. vaccination, legal considerations, adverse reactions, different vaccine types and labels, handling and storage, licensing, and more.
  • Vaccination resources, which is a wealth of information for practice teams.

FYI: the 2017 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines are available as a downloadable PDF you might want to print out for easy reference when you find yourself unable to go online during a practice visit.

Before your next round of clinic visits, take a moment to review the updated guidelines and all the AAHA resources available to you. You’ll be doing your customers a great service… and may boost orders for vaccines and related supplies.

NOTE: The updated Guidelines were developed by the AAHA Canine Vaccination Task Force, which includes five leading practitioners in the country — as well as 19 contributing reviewers. And, the Task Force recommendations were reviewed with the appropriate vaccine manufacturer(s).

Topics: Vaccines, AAHA, AAHA Guidelines, DSR Facing Blog