Even though there is no one-size-fits-all vaccination program, there are some simple things you can do to increase your program’s effectiveness.

A successful vaccination program begins with realistic expectations, notes Jim Rhodes, technical services veterinarian with Novartis animal vaccines. Keep in mind that a vaccination program does not totally eliminate disease — its purpose is to reduce disease severity, duration and frequency.

Here are seven strategies to help you get the best results from your vaccination program:

1. Identify the disease that presents the biggest threat to your herd.

2. Determine the most appropriate time to vaccinate animals.

3. Use proper animal identification and accurate recordkeeping.

4. Take appropriate steps to decrease the chance of vaccination
reactions. The product label should provide you with this insight. If not, call the company.

5. Implement a thorough biosecurity plan for the operation.

6. Read and follow product label directions.

7. Follow best management practices as outlined in the industry’s Pork Quality Assurance program.