Today, 20 April, is World Animal Vaccination Day, which highlights the benefits of vaccination to support the health and welfare of the nation’s farmed and companion animals, this year with added emphasis on how this supports our own public health.
The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH), which represents the UK animal health industry and promotes the benefits of safe, effective, quality products and services for the health and welfare of all animals, has stressed the ‘paramount’ importance of animal vaccination keeping livestock safe from disease and reduces the chances of disease transmission.
NOAH Chair, Jamie Brannan said: “Vaccines play a key role in preserving and protecting animal health and welfare, productivity, sustainability and resilience of farms, thus underpinning the whole food supply chain.
“Vaccination of our companion animals, so important to our own mental and physical health, helps keep them safe from disease and also reduce the likelihood of disease transmission in the animal population.
“At this time, the health and safety of animal owners and the veterinary team is paramount. We must follow Government advice and companion animal owners should contact their veterinary surgeon to discuss any vaccination needs for their pet at this time.
“We are working with others to help improve understanding of the benefits, as well as the safety, efficacy and working mechanisms, of vaccination through our #VaccinesWork campaign.
“We are a forward-looking industry, so as part of the global animal health community, we continue to carry out research to develop new products such as vaccines to protect our animals now and into the future.”