Message Number: YG5624 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Karen Purcell, DVM
Date: 2001-07-18 16:51:00 UTC
Subject: Re:distemper vaccines

Someone asked:

> I have heard of so many cases where ferrets have had a severe reaction
> to the distemper vaccines that it has really worried me. My oldest is
> going on 2 1/2 years old and he hasn't had it since we got him. I at
> first didn't know he was suppose to get this and when we got our second
> one a year later I found this out.
> Now, I haven't done it cause of all the stories about the reaction alot
> of ferrets seem to have. I even have a friend here who's ferret has had
> a severe reaction and has to have other shots to keep her from reacting
> to it.

For those who haven't heard, Merial got the go ahead from the USDA
this past weekend for the new recombinant DNA ferret distemper
vaccine. I for one will be ordering it ASAP - the number of
reactions during clinical trials was 1/147 ferrets, without
pre-treatment. No reactions found in 300 lab ferrets tested. Sounds
good to me,

-Dr. Karen

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