Quick Tip: Vaccinating in the Summer

Posted on November 8, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Summer time stressors like high heat and humidity can reduce a calf’s response to vaccines. Sam Leadly, calf and heifer management specialist with Attica Veterinary Associates, offers these tips for vaccinating in the summer:

  • Vaccinate early in the morning when heat stress is lowest.
  • Keep vaccines out of direct sunlight.
  • Keep vaccines cool by putting them in a frozen cold pack in a pail or insulated lunch box, not in pockets or pickup seats.
  • Protect killed vaccines by putting back in the refrigerator; extended exposure to heat will reduce their effectiveness.
  • Use modified live vaccines within three to four hours of reconstituting them (most manufacturers recommend one hour) and discard the leftover product.
Tips originally included in May 10, 2011 Tip of the Week by the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association.

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