Deep Run Health Care owner Phyllis Giroux, DVM:
To all our friends and clients,
Influenza is on the rise in many species internationally.
It is a good idea to vaccinate your dog for influenza.
People should be vaccinated as well. This is not just for you or your pet, but for world health.
Influenza has jumped species many times over the years, there is no reason to expect that will stop.
Three UN agencies, the World Health Organization, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health, have warned that a global surge of avian influenza outbreaks increases the risk of the virus spilling over to humans. The agencies urged countries to work together to save as many animals as possible and to make genetic data of viruses from animals and humans publicly available in databases.