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Vaccination, when available, is undoubtedly the most cost-effective means to prevent and control or even eradicate infectious diseases. In recent years vaccination has also been used for other purposes in animal welfare and production, such as for immuno-castration. In fact the impact of vaccination goes far beyond the simple control of infectious diseases. Vaccination will therefore help to reach many of the objectives of the 2005 Millenium development goals report, especially in the light of the foreseen livestock revolution.
Public perception and disapproval of some veterinary prophylactic measures, such as mass slaughtering of livestock to control epizootic diseases, also contribute to drive vaccination as an alternative. This will be made easier, thanks to recent progress in veterinary vaccinology, such as the availability of marker vaccines. This special issue of the OIE Scientific and Technical Review is aiming at providing useful generic information instead of giving detailed technical descriptions of specific diseases or vaccines.
- A brief history of vaccines and vaccination
- Genomics and vaccine development
- Vaccines and viral antigenic diversity
- Vaccine development: strategies for coping with the antigenic diversity of bacteria
- Control of parasitic disease using vaccines: an answer to drug resistance?
- Antigen and vaccine banks: technical requirements and the role of the European antigen bank in emergency foot and mouth disease vaccination
- Good manufacturing practice for immunological veterinary medicinal products
- Innate immunity and new adjuvants
- Vaccines and animal welfare
- Veterinary vaccines for public health and prevention of viral and bacterial zoonotic diseases
- Veterinary vaccines and their use in developing countries
- Vaccines for emerging infections
- Vaccination for notifiable avian influenza in poultry
- Vaccination in conservation medicine
- Is vaccination against transmissible spongiform encephalopathy feasible?
- Mass vaccination and herd immunity: cattle and buffalo
- The use of vaccination in poultry production