Our hospital carries the Merial PUREVAX Rabies vaccine to protect cats against the Rabies virus. This vaccination has been shown to be the safest Rabies vaccination on the market for cats.
What is Purevax Rabies Vaccine?
PUREVAX Feline Rabies is a non-adjuvanted vaccine for the prevention of disease due to Rabies virus for cats that are 12 weeks of age or older.
What is an adjuvant?
An adjuvant is added to a vaccine to stimulate the immune system and increase the effectiveness of the vaccine. In recent years, some of the vaccines carrying adjuvants have been linked to serious vaccine reactions in cats, such as injection site reactions, chronic inflammation, and sarcoma formation.
Benefits of Purevax
PUREVAX Rabies vaccine was developed using state-of-the-art technology designed specifically for cats and kittens. The vaccine delivers everything needed to induce immunity without any of the unnecessary adjuvants that have posed risk to feline patients in the past.
It works by 'teaching' the immune system to defend itself against disease. The vaccine strain in PUREVAX is a 'carrier' canarypox virus that has been given a gene that allows it to produce part of a Rabies virus called “glycoprotein G”. When a cat is given the vaccine, the immune system recognizes the Rabies glycoprotein G as 'foreign' and makes antibodies against it so the immune system can respond and protect against infection if exposed to the Rabies virus in real life.
PUREVAX Feline Rabies is also the only nonadjuvanted feline rabies vaccine available that only needs to be administered every 3 years. It has been specifically formulated for cats and kittens, and we believe it is the safest protocol for our feline patients.
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