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Vaccination: information for farmers

Contributor(s): Owen Atkinson, Vetstream Ltd , Gwen Rees

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  • A cow’s ability to avoid and fight infection is largely dependent on a range of defences which are collectively called immunity.
  • Immunity includes: 
    • Physical barriers, such as skin, or a teat plug, for example.
    • Chemical immunity, such as from antibodies and inflammatory substances. 
    • Cells, which either actively seek and destroy pathogens (bugs) or produce antibodies to neutralise pathogens.

How does the body respond to a vaccine?

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Principles of vaccination

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Why do vaccines fail?

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Who should I speak to for help with this?

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Are there any risks associated with vaccines?

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Human health risks

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Differentiating infected from vaccinated animals (DIVA)

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