On March 31, 2017, Veterinary Public Health was alerted to a canine flu outbreak among imported dogs that tested PCR positive for canine influenza H3N2. The originating dog was imported from China into Los Angeles County on March 11, 2017 and diagnosed with H3N2 canine influenza, but was not initially reported to Public Health.
There are approximately 35 dogs involved in the outbreak, most of which have been ill. Further diagnostic tests are pending. All dogs associated with the outbreak are spread over nine locations in LA County and have all been placed under quarantine. The outbreak is currently contained.
If isolation is successful, it may extinguish the virus, then possibly dogs will not need to have been vaccinated. But that is a big IF! If isolation fails, the virus will have spread before we know it and it will be urgent that highly social dogs will already have some immunity. We are recommending a series of two flu shots to very social dogs that are boarded, attend day care, go to dog parks, or go to groomers. Dog that are never around other dogs should not be vaccinated. We require and up-to-date examination before any vaccination. The vaccine is a series of two given 3-4 weeks apart with yearly boosters.
Please call us or make an appointment today if your dog is a very social dog. 818-999-1290
More information can be found from Los Angeles County Public Health