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Vaccines: What to do if a Dose is Missed
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
FAQ's on Vaccines
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Q. What should I do if my pet has missed a vaccination?
 
A. To provide the best response, the first time an animal is being vaccinated against a disease, repeated vaccinations are usually given 2-4 weeks after the prior vaccination. The first vaccine more-or-less primes the immune system, and the subsequent vaccination(s) increase the immune response. If a period longer than several weeks occurs between this first series of vaccinations, the immune system is no longer 'primed,' and less of an immune response will result from the subsequent vaccination. It is therefore recommended that if more than 2-3 months has occurred between vaccinations in a young animal, or the vaccination status of an animal is unknown, the animal should be given two vaccinations 2-3 weeks apart. (This does not apply to rabies vaccinations.)

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