Debate around the FIV vaccine for cats

When the pet vaccine for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) was announced in March 2002, it met with enthusiasm from the medical community, not only for its potential value for cats but also for its research into a vaccine against human AIDS. Also for capacity.+

The patents for the FIV vaccine are owned by the University of California and the University of Florida, and were licensed to Fort Dodge Animal Health, a division of Bohhringer Ingelheim, for manufacturing, under the name “Fel-O-Wax FIV”. In 2015, the vaccine was removed from the market and is now in the US. And is not licensed for use in Canada.+

History of FIV and FIV Vaccines

The FIV virus was first isolated in cats in 1986 by immunologists Janet Yamamoto and Niels Pedersen. Yamamoto began working on a vaccine for FIV and later continued his work at the University of Florida with researchers at Fort Dodge Animal Health. Paderson, who was the director of the Center for Companion Animal Health, is considered an expert in the field of retroviruses and immunological disorders of small animals. He took Dr. Yamamoto is held responsible for the approval of the FIV vaccine, for his long-standing devotion to the project.+

Potential concerns

Shortly after the announcement of FDA approval for the FIV vaccine, emails began circulating among cat rescue groups as a fatal flaw: All current methods of testing for the FIV virus were “positive” for cats to be vaccinated. FIV vaccine will appear. The implications of what this means for owners and vaccinated cats can be dangerous. If a vaccinated cat is lost or simply picked up by an animal control officer, it can be assumed to be a FIV positive cat.+

There is no way to know if a “positive” cat is actually infected and which cat has simply been vaccinated against FIV. No wonder the reception of this vaccine was less than enthusiastic among the greater community of cat lovers, particularly in the US where only 2 percent of FIV cats are “at risk”.+

In response to numerous investigations by veterinarians and rescue groups, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) issued a FIV vaccine brief, but did not provide concrete recommendations.+

Other reasons for concern

Although there are five strains (called clades) of FIV, the vaccine was developed using only two strains. Clad Bee, who U.S. Is common in, especially in the former, neither of those two, nor was the vaccine’s effectiveness tested against clade B. This means that vaccinated cats may not be fully protected against FIV.+

Despite its low incidence in the United States, FIV is a dangerous disease. While cats can live a good quality of life for years, it is ultimately fatal. While this vaccine was a huge success in the scientific world, and its potential is significant, as of now, it is not a practical form of protection for our cats.+

What Vaccines do My Kittens Need and When? If you suspect that your pet is ill, call your doctor immediately. For health questions, always consult your vet, as they have examined your pet, know the pet’s health history and can make the best recommendations for your pet.

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