New feline vaccine guidelines

Updated feline vaccine guidelines from the AAHA and AAFP offer new recommendations and information for veterinary professionals.

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) recently released the 2020 AAHA/AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines, which provide updated recommendations and the most current information for feline vaccinations.

The new guidelines stress the need for an expanded understanding by veterinary professionals of individualized feline risk factors to determine a proper preventive healthcare plan. Practitioners are encouraged to gain better insight into feline patients’ risk factors, which may include life stage, environment, and lifestyle.

The guidelines provide resources for the entire veterinary team, including:

  • A lifestyle-based feline vaccine calculator
  • FAQs and tips for client and staff education
  • Recommendations for core and non-core vaccines for pet and shelter-housed cats
  • A webinar summarizing the must-see and clinically important sections of the guidelines (available in October).

With these new guidelines, the veterinary team can educate pet owners about vaccination protocols, provide proper vaccine recommendations for pet and shelter cats, and have open conversations to address clients’ questions or concerns.  Learn more at and


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