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16 Sep 2018
We are please to advise that the new Filavac VHD K C + V vaccine is in stock at the clinic now. This vaccine protects against both V1 and V2 stains of the virus and replaces our previous vaccine Cylap which is not effective against V2 stains.
The newly discovered V2 strain of Calicivirus is known to cause disease in very young rabbits from four weeks of age and can cause a longer more severe illness than seen with other strains. This strain is highly infectious and it is likely that this is now wide spread in the wild rabbit population.
We recommend that all rabbits regardless of their prior vaccination history are vaccinated with Filavac as soon as possible to ensure they are protected against the new and nasty V2 strain, along with boosting immunity against the existing V1 strains. Please contact us to book an appointment.
For rabbits that have recently been vaccinated with Cylap a two week interval is recommended between revaccination with Filavac.
Rabbits can be vaccinated with Filavac from ten weeks of age and require a single vaccination followed by an annual booster. It takes seven days for rabbits to develop immunity following vaccination. The efficacy of the vaccine in rabbits younger than ten weeks of age has not been demonstrated and its use would be considered off label, and an additional vaccination is recommended at ten weeks.
Unfortunately Filavac is significantly more expensive than the Cylap vaccine, but it is reassuring that we now have this vaccine available to protect our pet rabbits against this nasty disease.
In addition to Filavac vaccination, to reduce the risk of your pet rabbit becoming infected from a wild rabbit please follow the following preventative measures:
If you have any questions or concerns about your rabbit please do not hesitate to contact us.Back to News and advice