August is National Immunization Awareness Month.
A vaccine is a biological preparation that is designed to stimulate the immune system to develop immunity to a disease. Vaccines usually consist of weakened or killed forms of disease-causing microorganisms. When they are administered, it stimulates an immune response so that the body will recognize that pathogen in the future and be prepared to fight it off.
Most vaccines require at least two initial doses to provide immunity. The first dose “primes” the immune system, and the second dose, administered two to six weeks later, stimulates the body to create a protective immune response, which typically takes about seven more days. This is why puppies and kittens initially require a series of vaccines. Very few vaccines provide lifelong immunity, so pets must receive booster shots at intervals throughout their lives for continued protection. Efficacy varies from one vaccine to another, depending on many factors, such as the type of vaccine and the age and overall health of the pet.
At Coldwater Animal Hospital we offer affordable wellness plans for pets
. Talk with us to find the best plan to protect and keep your pet immunized.