Vaccines help to reduce the incidence or the severity of disease by stimulating the immune system to provide protection. Excellent cattle health is vital for maximum production since cattle must be healthy to reach their performance potential. A vaccination plan is an essential component of any herd health plan. It is likely to be most effective when it is designed to meet the particular needs of the farm.
As such, every owner should work with his/her veterinarian to create a vaccination plan. A successful vaccination plan should include: –
- which diseases to vaccinate against
- which animals will benefit from vaccination
- when the cattle will benefit most from the protection that the vaccine provides.
For vaccination, always make sure that: –
- storage and use of the vaccine is at the correct temperature
- use of the vaccine is at the correct time, interval, dose and route
- good hygiene is in place when using the vaccine and equipment
- there is adequate safety for people and animals involved
- there is accurate recording of vaccinations
It is important to know that Vaccinations are only one part of a comprehensive herd health plan. They cannot compensate for an unclean environment, poor ventilation or exhibit poor health.