February 15, 2010 "Ask Seth"

What is a "high titer" parvo vaccine? Is it better than the standard vaccine?



What is a “high titer” parvo vaccine?          

A “high titer” parvo vaccine is a type of modified live vaccine that uses a large amount of the parvovirus to stimulate the immune system.  This vaccine is advantageous to standard vaccines because it produces a strong immunity in puppies at an earlier age.  A standard modified live vaccine can produce immunity by 16 weeks of age, while vaccination continues through 20 weeks.  The “high titer” vaccine produces immunity by 12 weeks of age and many hospitals vaccinate through 16 weeks to ensure the best possible immunity.  These vaccines are considered by many to be “state of the art.”  

Seth Mayersohn, CVT


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