Fvrcp (distemper) Vaccine: This is a core vaccine that is recommended for all cats and kittens regardless of whether they are indoor only or go outside. It prevents a number of very contagious diseases that can be transmitted over distances by people or objects and can live in the environment for a long time. In order to make sure that your kitten is properly vaccinated it is necessary to repeat this vaccine every 3-4 weeks until your kitten is over 16 weeks old. If the vaccines schedule has been followed properly, the 16 week vaccine will be good for 3 years.
Rabies Vaccine: This is a core vaccine that is required by law. Rabies vaccines are required by law because it is contagious and deadly to humans. Rabies is a viral infection that affects the nervous system of mammals. It invariably causes swelling of the brain and death after a relatively short illness. The rabies vaccine is given after 12 weeks of age and will last for 1 year. The second shot will last for 3 years.
Feline Leukemia Virus Vaccine (FeLV): This vaccine is usually only given to cats that will be going outside or who are likely to escape and come in contact with infected individuals. It is given as a two shot series ending after the kitten is 12 weeks old. This vaccine is repeated every 2 years in order to maintain immunity.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Vaccine: This vaccine is currently not recommended because it is not considered to be very effective and it will cause a positive test for FIV.