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Canine influenza vaccine available

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Flu season is in full swing, and doctors recommend that everyone get the flu vaccine - that includes your dog as well.

Canine influenza first became an issue in 2004, and there is a vaccine for it. It has affected states all across the country, including right here in Virginia. While it has not been a problem in Richmond, there have been cases reported in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

Vets say it is not something to panic about, but it is something to consider, especially if you travel to areas where canine influenza is a problem.

Symptoms for canine influenza are very similar to the ones that humans experience, including cough, runny nose and fever.

While the canine flu vaccine is not normally part of the core vaccines offered by veterinarians, most do have it on hand upon request.

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