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Vaccination of lambs and sheep against scabby mouth where the disease is common.
All lambs should be vaccinated at marking as a routine.
When beginning a vaccination program it is advisable to vaccinate all sheep and lambs. Vaccinated sheep can act as a source of infection for non-vaccinates.
When lambs are examined one week after vaccination, a line of pustules should be visible along the track of the scratch made on the skin. These lesions indicate successful vaccination and are referred to as ‘takes’.
Susceptible sheep or lambs must 'take' in order to become immunised against scabby mouth.
Failure to 'take' may be due to poor vaccination technique, improper handling of the vaccine resulting in a loss of potency, or because the sheep are already immune.
Revaccination should be considered where a take has not occurred.
Scabigard® must be administered to sheep using the purpose designed reusable Scabigard® applicator. Sterilise the applicator before reuse.
Sheep must be scratched on a bare area of skin (side of the brisket or inside of the foreleg) to ensure an effective vaccination take.
Hold the applicator at 45 degrees to the skin and with both applicator prongs touching the skin, make a single 4 to 5 cm long scratch on the bare skin.
The scratch must be sufficient to cause skin damage, but not draw blood. The blue dye allows the operator to see that the applicator is working correctly and the vaccine is distributed along the entire 4 to 5 cm scratch.
Do not use any antiseptic on the skin as this will destroy the virus.
Care should be taken to make sure antiseptics used in marking should not contaminate the site.