This page contains information about using Footvax™. Watch the video below from MSD (the manufacturers of Footvax™) for more information on how to administer the vaccine using a vaccinator.


When to use the vaccine
  • If you have footrot throughout the year, you can give the vaccine every 6 months.
  • If footrot flares up at certain times of year, you can plan the timing of vaccination to get maximum protection over the highest risk period for your flock, e.g. if footrot is highest during housing, vaccinate ewes 4 weeks before housing.
  • You may also consider using the vaccine if there is an extended period of time when you will not be able to handle or catch lame sheep e.g. if you are busy over harvest.
 
Instructions
1) All adults receive an initial dose of 1mL under the skin just behind the ear
2) A second booster injection should be given 4-6 weeks after the first dose
3) Boosters should be given every 6 months from this point on, or once each year 4 weeks before your known high risk period
Important points
Vaccine efficacy

The vaccine lasts about 4 months and is about 60% protective. There will still be sheep that become lame and need treatment.

Financial considerations of vaccination
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