As of April 2022, RHDV2 has been found in the states highlighted on the maps below. On July 15, 2022, The Kansas Department of Animal Health reported that RHDV2 was confirmed in a domestic rabbit in Leavenworth county, Kansas.
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We are working on coordinating another vaccine clinic, tentative date of August 20th, 1-3pm, at Mariposa Veterinary Wellness Center. This vaccine will require a booster in 21 days. The cost is $60 per rabbit. To register for this event, we will provide a registration link. Do not call our office to register for the vaccine clinic. If your rabbit is an existing patient at our office, call to check for availability in scheduling a vaccine (tech appointment).
Our first vaccine clinic was held on July 23rd and we vaccinated 24 rabbits! A booster vaccine clinic has been scheduled for those rabbits. If you were part of that initial group and did not receive an email with instructions on registering for the booster clinic, please let Dr. Burcham know.
The Medgene RHDV2 vaccine has been given Emergency Use Authorization by the USDA. This means that Medgene has demonstrated preliminary vaccine efficacy (100%) and safety, and additional studies are currently underway as the company works towards a full product license. So far, the vaccine data has suggested that this vaccine is very safe and very effective. The reason we are recommending this vaccine now is because RHDV2 is a highly transmissible and highly fatal (up to 90% fatality rate) virus that is quickly spreading across the United States.
Rare side effects include temporary swelling at the site of injection, slight fever, and lethargy for 1-2 days after the injections. If you notice any of these or other problems in the next few days, please let us know.
After the initial 2-dose series, your rabbit will need annual boosters of this vaccine.