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I don't know if vaccinating a bird that shows symptoms of PMV harms the bird, I think I remember reading somewhere that it does but according to Dr Wym Peters (Fit to Win), "Vaccination had no visible advantageous effect on birds showing nervous symptoms"., so perhaps I got that wrong. But if a pigeon that has PMV is vaccinated , then the vaccination will offer no protection and it will still be shedding the virus for 6 weeks, so vaccinating it will give a false sense of security.

A pigeon can be shedding the virus in the early stages without showing symptoms of PMV. For this reason all new pigeons should be isolated for 10 days and if by that time they show no sign of the disease then they can be vaccinated.

If a pigeon has had PMV and you have had it for 6 weeks or more, then it is no longer infectious and will be immune for 3 years.

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After a year it should be safe to vaccinate.

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