Avian flu vaccination policies by countries in the world
Updated Feb 18, 2023
More than 30 countries have resorted to using highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) vaccination since 2005, the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) said, based on data reported by its members. Here are some examples of countries that have started to vaccinate against avian flu, are in the process of allowing farmers to do so, or are still opposed to the use of avian flu vaccines in poultry.
International standards developed by WOAH allow vaccination against avian influenza and without commercial restrictions, if adequate surveillance of vaccinated flocks shows that there is no virus in circulation. Vaccination alone is not enough and should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy, providing preventive health measures and controlling other diseases such as culling, movement restrictions and surveillance, WOAH said. It authorized emergency vaccination against the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu strain earlier this year. Currently, the country uses two vaccines from Avimex and Boheringher. As of mid-February, around 170 million vaccine doses have been administered by certified veterinarians. Mexico, which has 557 million birds in its poultry industry, does not export poultry products. It was forced to cull 5.9 million birds because of avian flu in the last outbreak. Other Central American countries, including Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, are also buying the ...