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We can prevent parvovirus disease!

The best way to prevent parvoviral diseases is through vaccination, but it may be tricky due to the persistence of maternal antibodies.

We have seen that maternal antibodies may interfere with vaccination, because they “envelope” the antigen in the vaccine and don’t allow it to start an immune response.


Consider and add your thoughts on the following questions:

  • Does this surprise you?
  • Have you ever observed a vaccine administered to young animals that was not effective?
  • How do you think that maternal antibodies reach the young animal? Is it the same in all species?
  • Check vaccination protocols and reflect on which vaccines animals may require revaccination for.
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Animal Viruses: Their Transmission and the Diseases They Produce

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