BHC Newsletter Spring FINAL

FEATURE ARTICLE Vaccination Year Planner for spring calving suckler herds

Rebecca Carroll, Veterinary Inspector, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Introduction Vaccines can be a vital tool for controlling infectious diseases but it is important to remember that they are only one element of an overall herd health plan. It is important to put in place bioexclusion measures to prevent disease entering your herd and biocontainment measures to prevent disease spreading within your herd. Which diseases to vaccinate against? Prior to putting in place a vaccination protocol, it is important to assess your herd’s infectious disease status with the aid of your veterinary practitioner. This will involve looking at herd records and testing animals to see what diseases are present on your farm. Where available and considered appropriate, vaccines can then be used to minimize the impact of those diseases which are already present and those for which there is an unacceptable risk of introduction. Herd health plans and vaccination protocols should be reviewed with your veterinary practitioner on a regular basis. Storage and use of vaccines Vaccines should be stored appropriately, withmost requiring refrigeration. Vaccines should be made up in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. It is important to pay attention to hygiene when drawing up and giving vaccines. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and veterinary advice on the route of administration, size of the dose and timing of the primary vaccination and any subsequent boosters required.

Prior to putting in place a vaccination protocol, it is important to assess your herd’s infectious disease status with the aid of your veterinary practitioner. This will involve looking at herd records and testing animals to see what diseases are present on your farm. Where available and considered appropriate, vaccines can then be used to minimize the impact of those diseases which are already Present and those for which there is an unacceptable risk of introduction.

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