How Often Should My Cat Receive Booster Shots?

In the past, booster vaccinations for specific vaccines are generally given on a yearly basis. However, recent evidence from research studies show that this practice may not be necessary. The need for booster shots may depend on the type of vaccine, health status of the animal, and lifestyle. Some vaccines confer at least 3 years of adequate protection; this is especially true with viral vaccines. Bacterial vaccines, however, usually need to be given annually to boost the immunity of the animal against the disease. 

Today, most experts recommend full booster series for adult cats that received complete vaccines as kittens every one to three years depending on the lifestyle risk assessment. Low-risk cats (especially indoor-only cats) that receive complete vaccinations are kittens can be given booster shots every 3 years for the so-called core vaccines --rabies, feline calicivirus, feline panleukopenia, and feline viral rhinotracheitis). Some experts include feline leukemia virus as a core vaccine. Booster shots for non-core vaccines --Bordetella, feline infectious peritonitis, or chlamydia-- can be given if a veterinarian deem it necessary to do so after performing an antibody titer test. 

Your veterinary clinic Portland, OR is a valuable source of information when it comes to issues that affect your pet. 


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