New PCV2 vaccine launched in Europe
Merial's PCV2 vaccine CircovacÂ® had its official European launch at last
week's agricultural show of SPACE in Rennes.
The vaccine had already obtained its European registration from the EMEA on
the 21st of June 2007.
This allowed the animal health company to
launch the product in all EU member states, from September to January
The product is an inactivated vaccine against Porcine Circovirus type 2
(PCV2), to be administered to sows and gilts. Newborn piglets
with a good colostrum uptake will benefit from a very effective specific passive
protection against PCV2 infection.
The vaccination of the sows and
gilts will help the immune system of their piglets to mature in a correct and
efficient way during their first weeks of life. Further on, piglets will be able
to build properly their own PCV2 active immunity.
The vaccine is administered
via intramuscular injections according to the following vaccination scheme:
â€¢ Gilts/ sows: one injection, followed three to four weeks later, by
a second injection, at least two weeks before mating or farrowing, accordingly.
â€¢ Revaccination: one injection at each gestation, at least two to
four weeks before farrowing.
Due to the emergency situation
and PCV2 diseases in several countries, the this vaccine was granted
special authorisations for more than two years by the authorities in France,
Germany, Denmark, UK and Canada.
â€¢ Merial Animal Health
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