World Animal Vaccination Day: veterinary vaccination supports both animal and public health

Today, 20 April, is World Animal Vaccination Day: a time to highlight the benefits of vaccination to support the health and welfare of the nation’s farmed and companion animals, and how that supports our own public health. These unprecedented times highlight the importance of the availability of vaccination programmes for a wide range of infectious diseases – for us and our animals.

NOAH Chair, Jamie Brannan said: “Vaccines play a key role in preserving and protecting animal health and welfare, productivity, sustainability and resilience of farms, thus underpinning the whole food supply chain. They support the delivery of NOAH’s Vision of Animal Health and Welfare in the UK.(1) Vaccination of our companion animals, so important to our own mental and physical health, helps keep them safe from disease and also reduce the likelihood of disease transmission in the animal population.

“At this time, the health and safety of animal owners and the veterinary team is paramount. We must follow Government advice and companion animal owners should contact their veterinary surgeon to discuss any vaccination needs for their pet at this time.

“We are working with others to help improve understanding of the benefits, as well as the safety, efficacy and working mechanisms, of vaccination through our #VaccinesWork campaign.

“We are a forward-looking industry, so as part of the global animal health community, we continue to carry out research to develop new products such as vaccines to protect our animals now and into the future,” he said.

Notes for Editors

  1. For more information please contact Alison Glennon at NOAH on 020 8370 8368 or see www.noah.co.uk

  2. NOAH represents the UK animal health industry. It promotes the benefits of safe, effective, quality products and services for the health and welfare of all animals.

  3. The #VaccinesWork campaign runs NOAH social media @UKNOAH and on NOAH’s website here 

  4. References: (1) https://www.noah.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/NOAH-Vision-Paper-8pp-A4-Sep-19-vf.pdf