Vaccines have made a huge contribution to improving the health, welfare and productivity of cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. They are a vital component in preventing a range of diseases and are complementary to good hygiene and animal nutrition.

When animals are exposed to infections and recover, they develop immunity to further attacks by the same infectious pathogen. Their immune system, in effect, remembers the bacteria or virus and launches a quicker, more effective response to remove it if they are exposed again. Vaccination mimics infection but allows the animal to develop immunity without succumbing to the disease. This means the animals are more resilient to future infections, showing minor or no symptoms of illness, thus requiring fewer treatments. Vaccinations are another tool for keeping animals healthy, for the benefit of the animals, the farmer and consumers.

Webinar: Responsible Use of Vaccines

Vaccination for the control and eradication of disease

492 – Concomitant vaccination of cows and awareness to colostrum distribution positive impacts on veal calves strength (Research paper – Mounaix – 2020)

Best Practice Guide: Vaccination Protocols

357 – Comparison of three protocols of vaccination against Bovine Respiratory Disease in fattening commercial farms (Research paper – Mounaix – 2018)

296 – The effect of vaccination on the transmission of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in pigs under field conditions (Research paper – Villarreal – 2011)

244 Time to Vaccinate_ The importance of preventive health and vaccination programmes in ruminant production by MSD Animal Health (Industry Innovation)

243 Aspects of bovine herpesvirus 1 and bovine viral diarrhoea virus herd-level seroprevalence and vaccination in dairy and beef herds in Northern Ireland (Research paper – Cowley, 2014)

168 PIA vaccin by MSD Animal Health (Industry Innovation)

163 Best-practice framework for the use of vaccines in animals by EPRUMA – European Platform for the Responsible Using of Medicines in Animals (Tools & Checklists)

161 Bacteriological evaluation of vaccination against Salmonella Typhimurium with an attenuated vaccine in subclinically infected pig herds (Research paper – Peeters, 2019)

152 Rispoval IBR Marker vaccines by Zoetis (Tools & Checklists)

31 H@tch vet expert by Merial (Farm Innovation)

Support the calf to obtain better vaccination results

The prevention and control of mastitis in sheep

Enterotoxemia in sheep and lambs

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 817591