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Vaccination Article

Pigeon Vaccination Article



There have been a lot of queries
about vaccination this week so we will try to cover as many of them as


Q. Why can’t we
use live vaccine like they do in



A. Live vaccine is not approved
for pigeons anywhere in the EU including



Q. Why not ?
A. Because it
only works for a few weeks compared with a year for the two approved
“killed” vaccines Colombovac pmv and Nobilis (Nobivac)


Q. Why are the
Belgians allowed to vaccinate just once for life and we have to give a
“booster” dose every year ?

A. This is a
myth. The Belgians and French for their part often believe that the

Brits never 
vaccinate !


Q. Why do the
instructions say that birds should not be vaccinated until they are
three weeks old ?

A. Because
under three weeks they still have enough immunity from their parents to
stop the vaccine “taking”


Q. I would
like to buy a vaccination gun but they are expensive and I would need a
new one if I changed brands of vaccine.
A. Check out the new auto-jector
gun which is suitable for either make of vaccine


Q. Is it really worth the extra
expense of vaccinating against Pigeon Pox as I have never had it in my
loft. ?
A. Birds from infected lofts can
carry and spread the disease without showing signs of infection. Virus
can spread directly from bird to bird or via baskets, drinkers or
feeders. Many flyers think the 10p per bird is worthwhile insurance
against a ruined season- but the choice is yours


Q. Why can’t you send PMV
vaccine to


A. A historical
oversight by the authorities. At one time PMV vaccine was only available
on prescription in

Northern Ireland

and an “import licence” needed to bring it in.
When vaccine was de-regulated they apparently forgot to do away with the
licence requirement. As vaccination is government and EU policy N.I. 
flyers could write to their MP’s asking for the licences to be
abolished and bring the province into line with the rest of the




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