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G02-1445 Understanding Vaccines
Historical Materials from University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
  • Dicky D. Griffin, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Steve Ensley, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • David R Smith, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Grant Dewell, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Date of this Version
1-1-2002
Comments
© 2002, The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska on behalf of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension. All rights reserved.
Abstract
This NebGuide explains the basics of vaccine value, the differences between types of vaccines used in animals, and discusses vaccine selection and vaccination program development. Vaccines are an important part of disease prevention and control. Like insurance, vaccines come at a cost, including the price of the vaccine, labor to administer the vaccine, localized tissue damage from vaccine injections, and increased metabolic demand of the animal causing potential performance loss during the time the animal is developing a proper immune response. The increased metabolic demand can cause the animal to look depressed and therefore may be confused with illness. This is sometimes referred to as "vaccine sweat." If the risk of a particular disease is low, the insurance afforded by vaccination may not be required and the benefit provided might not be cost effective. If the risk of disease is high, the insurance afforded by vaccination may be very cost effective even if it does not completely prevent sickness. It is important to view vaccines only as an aid to health management and not the foundation of animal health.
Citation Information
Dicky D. Griffin, Steve Ensley, David R Smith and Grant Dewell. "G02-1445 Understanding Vaccines" (2002)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/grant_dewell/6/