An expert panel has recommended that dogs be vaccinated against the H1N1 coronavirus (CNV) to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
The panel, which has been meeting since September, said in a statement released on Friday that a vaccination strategy is needed to ensure that the population is protected from the virus.
A vaccination strategy will include the use of the vaccine in the prevention and control of pandemic diseases.
Dr Arvind Purohit, chairman of the panel, said: “We have come to the conclusion that vaccinations for humans and pets should be mandatory for the protection of the public and the population against the virus.”
The panel recommended that vaccinations be given for people aged 50 and above, pregnant women, people with heart disease, those with diabetes, people who have not yet recovered from an acute illness, and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The panel also recommended that vaccination be given to people with the following conditions: Children aged 6 months to 14 years; People with a chronic illness, such as diabetes, COPD, asthma, cancer, arthritis, asthma and/or chronic obstructor A person with the highest level of influenza-related morbidity An adult with a high risk of acquiring the virus or the development of severe influenza-like illness Anyone who has had contact with an infected person People who are at risk of influenza illness or who have a history of the coronaviruses coronaviral A, C and T viruses, or who are pregnant A young person aged 18 to 19 years, and a person aged 25 to 34 years who is taking part in flu vaccination programmes Anyone with a medical condition such as asthma or COPD who has a high chance of developing severe influenza illness, or if they are pregnant, who is at risk for influenza illness.
Anyone in an influenza-prone area.
The committee said that vaccination should be given in combination with measures such as avoiding contact with sick people and limiting outdoor activities.
It also said that people with weakened immune systems, such people with COPD and people who are under-vaccinated should be monitored.
The experts also recommended the use a combination of vaccination against the three coronaviris in order to ensure the health of the population, which includes the elderly, people living in rural areas and those who work in urban areas.
The vaccines would be given on a two-year schedule.