Development, Production, and Use of Vaccines
By Pastoret, Lombard and Schudell
Publisher: World Organization for Animal Health, Renouf Pub.
Edition: Vol. 26, Part. 1, 2007
Language: English - French - Spanish
Vaccination, when available, is undoubtedly the most cost-effective means of preventing
and controlling, and even eradicating, infectious diseases. In recent years vaccination has
also been used for other purposes in animal health, production and welfare, e.g.
immunocastration. In fact, the impact of vaccination goes far beyond the mere control of
Acting through natural mechanisms, vaccination of animals serves many different
purposes, such as controlling animal infections and infestations, thus improving animal
health and animal welfare; controlling anthropozoonoses and food poisoning, thereby
protecting public health; solving problems associated with antibiotic and anthelmintic
resistance; helping to leave food-producing animals free of chemical residues; protecting
the environment and biodiversity; and ensuring animal farming sustainability, thereby
helping to alleviate poverty.