|AFA Ferret (M. putorius furo) Vaccination Policy|
Download and print the AFA Titer Study Article - 2012 (.pdf 463kb).
Ferret owners and veterinarians should discuss the risks and benefits of annual vaccination. The results of this study, however, provide evidence that part of that discussion should be based on whether an individual ferret already has protection, and that many of them, in fact, will. Antibody titers have been shown to be well developed and long lasting in the majority of ferrets, and should be used as a tool to help make the decision of whether or not to administer a potentially life-threatening vaccine. With a study showing that most ferrets develop good and long-lasting antibodies in response to vaccination, it becomes more possible to avoid such an occurrence.
Download and print the AFA Canine Distemper Vaccination and Titer Testing Policy - 2013 (.pdf 113kb).
Download and print the AFA Titer Testing Letter Information for your Veterinarian - 2013 (.pdf 92kb).
Download and print the AFA Vaccination Policy - August, 2006 (.pdf 81kb).
The American Ferret Association (AFA) recommends vaccinating ferrets with USDA licensed vaccine products labeled for use in ferrets. Recent changes in the availability of these products have caused shortages of approved vaccines. Use of vaccines that do not include ferrets on the manufacturer's label is an off-label usage; use these products only after consulting with a ferret knowledgeable veterinarian and only in circumstances when the risk of infection warrants the use of the vaccine. The following policy is based on the manufacturer's label recommendations.
*AFA has included the age of 6 weeks in the case of suspect or confirmed CDV exposure because some of the kits born to jills with unknown, incomplete, outdated, or non-ferret CDV vaccine status died during the 1992 CDV outbreak. Typically, maternal antibodies against CDV should protect kits from properly vaccinated jills. While vaccination at 6 weeks of age should not harm the kit, only a fraction (<30%) will be immunized after the first dose of the vaccine at this young age since there is immunologic interference from antibodies present in the jill's colostrum and milk for up to thirty days.
Comments and Further Recommendations
AFA Ferret Vaccination Policy [1992, revised August 2006, revised August 2013]
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