DOES THE FIP VACCINE WORK?
- Last Updated on Sunday, 02 September 2012 16:00
- Published on Sunday, 23 August 2009 19:45
A vaccine has been developed and is available. However, it has to be used in kittens at least 16 weeks of age (most cats are already exposed to coronavirus at this age), it is not effective in cats already exposed to coronavirus (which is most cats), it is not effective against the common serotype of FIPV, and even when all factors are optimal, it has low efficacy. In short, it does not work in the environments where it is needed most (catteries and shelters) and is not justified in older pet cats where FIP is hardly seen. UC Davis researchers do not recommend its use.