The H3N2 strain has existed in Southeast Asia for years, however starting in 2015 Chicago area dogs became infected. Two strains of flu have been identified and vaccines have been developed for H3N2 and H3N8.
These strains of the flu virus have been found in 41 states, therefore, socially active and traveling dogs should be vaccinated. Two doses of the vaccine are required to develop a protective immune response. For more information you can visit www.doginfluenza.com.
Signs to look for:
- Nasal discharge