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Blackleg Vaccine

Informations for option: 01708/4507, show other option

Revised: January 2012

AN 01172/2011


SUMMARY OF PRODUCT CHARACTERISTICS


1. NAME OF THE VETERINARY MEDICINAL PRODUCT


Blackleg Vaccine


2. QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE COMPOSITION


Active substance(s): per ml

Five strains of Clostridium chauvoeicells

and equivalent toxoid inducing ≥ 0.5 guinea pig PD90


Adjuvant(s):

Aluminium hydroxide gel 200 mg


Excipients:

Thiomersal (preservative) 0.13 mg


For a full list of excipients, see section 6.1.


3. PHARMACEUTICAL FORM


Suspension for injection.


4. CLINICAL PARTICULARS


4.1 Target species


Cattle and sheep.


4.2 Indications for use specifying the target species


For active immunisation of cattle and sheep against Blackleg.


Significant levels of immunity cannot be expected until two weeks after the second dose of vaccine in the primary vaccination course. From experience from field use, the duration of active immunity is expected to last one year. The duration of passive immunity is at least 4-6 weeks in lambs provided that lambs receive adequate quantities of colostrum in the first 12 hours after birth.


4.3 Contraindications


None.


4.4 Special warnings for each target species


The nutritional and metabolic status of pregnant ewes is extremely important at the time of vaccination. If in doubt, advice should be sought from a veterinary surgeon.


No information is available on the efficacy of the vaccine in young animals with maternally derived antibodies.


4.5 Special precautions for use, including special precautions to be taken by the person administering the medicinal product to animals


Special precautions for use in animals


In any group of animals, a small number of individuals may fail to respond to vaccination as a result of immunological incompetence. Satisfactory immune responses will only be attained in healthy animals, thus it is important to avoid vaccination of animals which have an intercurrent infection or metabolic disorder.

When handling animals, stress should be avoided, particularly during the later stages of pregnancy when there is a risk of inducing abortion and metabolic disorders.


Special precautions to be taken by the person administering the medicinal product to animals


In case of accidental self-injection, seek medical advice immediately and show the package leaflet or the label to the physician.


4.6 Adverse reactions (frequency and seriousness)


Occasional hypersensitivity may occur.


Vaccination may result in small (<10 cm) transient injection site reactions possibly lasting for up to 3-4 months after vaccination.

Local tissue irritating effects of alhydrogel-adjuvanted vaccines reveal granulomatous inflammatory reactions consisting mainly of activated macrophages containing foamy cytoplasm, epithelioid cells, small lymphocytes and multinuclear giant cells.


4.7 Use during pregnancy, lactation or lay


Ewes can be vaccinated during late pregnancy.


4.8 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction


No information is available on the safety and efficacy of this vaccine with any other veterinary medicinal product. A decision to use this vaccine before or after any other veterinary medicinal product is therefore on a case by case basis.


4.9 Amounts to be administered and administration route


The vaccine should be administered by subcutaneous injection in the lateral side of the upper neck observing aseptic precautions.


Cattle and sheep: 2 ml/dose


Cattle

Two injections separated by an interval of 3-4 weeks to animals from 3 months of age onwards.

Immunisation to be completed 2-3 weeks before period of risk. Revaccination with a single booster injection 2-3 weeks before period of risk. The interval for booster injections should be not more than 12 months.


Sheep

Two injections should be given, preferably separated by an interval of at least 6 weeks with the second vaccination being given 3-4 weeks before lambing. Subsequent pregnancies: a single booster injection 3-4 weeks before lambing.

Lambs may be vaccinated from 3 weeks of age onwards. Two injections with an interval of 3-4 weeks to be completed 2-3 weeks before period of risk.


The vaccine bottle must be shaken well before use.


Syringes and needles must be from gamma irradiated packs or freshly sterilised by boiling for at least 20 minutes. No alcohol or other disinfectants should be used for sterilisation.


The use of an automatic vaccinator is recommended. Since the bottle is non-collapsible, a vaccinator with a vented draw-off spike or similar device must be used. The instructions supplied with such equipment should be noted and care should be taken to ensure the delivery of the full dose, particularly with the final few doses from the bottle.


4.10 Overdose (symptoms, emergency procedures, antidotes) (if necessary)


Reactions similar to those described in section 4.6 were observed following administration of a double dose.


4.11 Withdrawal period(s)


Zero days.


5. IMMUNOLOGICAL PROPERTIES


ATCvet code:

Sheep: QI04AB01

Cattle: QI02AB01

To stimulate active immunity against Blackleg (Clostridium chauvoeiinfection).


6. PHARMACEUTICAL PARTICULARS


6.1 List of excipients


Maleic acid

Tris

Sodium chloride

Formaldehyde

Thiomersal

Water for injections


6.2 Incompatibilities


Do not mix with any other veterinary medicinal product.


6.3 Shelf life


Shelf-life of the veterinary medicinal product as packaged for sale: 3 years

Shelf-life after first opening the container: 10 hours


6.4 Special precautions for storage


Store in a refrigerator (2C - 8C).

Do not freeze.


6.5 Nature and composition of immediate packaging


Cardboard box containing a 50 ml polyethylene multidose bottle closed with a closed with a rubber disc/stopper and an aluminium cap.


6.6 Special precautions for the disposal of unused veterinary medicinal product or waste materials derived from the use of such products, if appropriate


Any unused veterinary medicinal product or waste material derived from such veterinary medicinal product should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.


7. MARKETING AUTHORISATION HOLDER


Intervet UK Ltd

Walton Manor

Walton

Milton Keynes

MK7 7AJ


8. MARKETING AUTHORISATION NUMBER(S)


Vm 01708/4507


9. DATE OF RENEWAL OF AUTHORISATION


20 April 2010


10. DATE OF REVISION OF THE TEXT


January 2012


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