5.4.9. How often should dogs be vaccinated?

For most commercially-available inactivated vaccines, a single dose of vaccine should provide protection for at least one year. (Some vaccines are effective up to 3 years when used according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.) If campaigns are carried out annually, it is recommended that vaccinated dogs receive yearly booster vaccines to ensure protection. This allows a simple message to be conveyed to the community of “Bring all dogs for vaccination at every campaign,” and it is likely to increase coverage rates.

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