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Vaccine. 2002 Jun 21;20(21-22):2665-70.

Optimization of foot-and-mouth disease vaccination protocols by surveillance of neutralization antibodies.

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Department of Veterinary Medicine, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Neipu, Pingtung, Taiwan, ROC.


An appropriate immunization program for pigs in a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) endemic area was proposed based on data analysis obtained from serological surveillance in Taiwan, after an intensive vaccination program. To provide an adequate passive immunity for piglets, gilts that have completed two basic vaccinations must be boosted once before breeding. To achieve an efficient response to the FMD vaccine for piglets born to well vaccinated sows, vaccination need to be delayed until 10-12 weeks of ages for the first immunization, followed by a boost 4 weeks later.

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