Unlike antibiotics, which are used to treat bacterial infections, vaccines are used to prevent infections by improving the immunity of the animal vaccinated. They can:

  • Reduce the effects of the disease*
  • Prevent the disease*

*depending on the claims of the particular vaccine

Whilst vaccines are often used once a disease has been diagnosed in order control it, they play a vital proactive role in herds that are clear of the disease in order to help them stay disease free.

A wide range of vaccines are available for cattle against many different diseases, including:

  • BVD
  • IBR
  • Leptospirosis
  • Salmonella (Dublin and Typhimurium)
  • Ringworm
  • Calf pneumonia (e.g. RSV, Pi3, Mannheimia haemolytica)
  • Calf scour (e.g. Rotavirus, Coronavirus, E. coli)

Some vaccines are proven to be administered to the same animal at the same time (i.e. concurrent use), and some can even be mixed.

  • This helps improve convenience and welfare, with fewer injections and handlings being needed.

Example: IBR Vaccination

Marker vaccines, such as Bovilis® IBR Marker Live, allow tests to be used that distinguish vaccinated animals from those that have been naturally infected animals. This is very important because they can therefore be used in IBR control and eradication schemes.
This illustration shows the benefits of marker vaccination:

Be Proactive: Contact your vet to review biosecurity and vaccination to help prevent disease in your herd

For information on Bovilis IBR Market Live and Bovilis BVD click here.

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