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Vaccination against new variant RHD

Outbreaks of the new variant of RHD (RHDV2) in pet rabbits have occurred in other parts of Europe, such as Germany and the Netherlands, with similar experiences to the present outbreak in the UK. 

Vaccines against RHDV2 are manufactured in other European countries and can be imported although there may be supply problems, especially with single dose vials. They are adjuvenated inactivated vaccines that usually incorporate the original RHD variant as well. None are active against myxomatosis. NobivacMyxo/RHD does not protect against RHDV2.

More information about two European vaccines can be found on the following links:

Eravac (Spain). This vaccine is licensed for use in UK so, theoretically, is the vaccine we should be using under the cascade. However, it is only available in multidose vials and is currently unavailable in UK. It is intended for vaccinating meat rabbits. 

Filavac (France) - available in the UK through Henry Schein, Centaur and NVS. This vaccine is available in single dose vials

 

Some information is available on the government website

A SIC (Special Import Certificate) is needed from VMD to import a EU member state vaccine. It is advisable to contact the manufacturers at the outset to check availability and delivery details before visiting the VMD page: