The latest news from the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) on the CIV H3N2 in King County comes from the 5th of this month in which they announced that 2 more dogs have been confirmed to have the flu virus. This brings the confirmed count of dogs sickened in the original Kent kennel outbreak to 4. Currently there are another 2 dogs’ tests pending at this time.
While this outbreak in King County is far less severe than the original appearance of H3N2 in Chicago back in April 2015 (over 1,000 cases), it is an ongoing investigation. Keep in mind this virus affects dogs regardless of age or breed. Given the minor scope of this in WA (currently), vaccination is still not necessarily recommended. This decision should be undertaken with your veterinarian, dependent on your dog and its lifestyle.
With that said, canine influenza’s spread has included no less than 26 states. With continued research and time, it’s possible that vaccination for CIV could become as common place as vaccinating for Bordetella in active, social canines.