Vaccination programs for beef cattle herds are designed to protect the animals from diseases caused by infectious organisms such as viruses, bacteria, and protozoans. Vaccines stimulate an animal’s immune system to produce a protective response against an organism. The immune system will then “remember” how to produce a response against the organism if it ever is infected with that organism. Vaccines cannot prevent exposure to infectious organisms, but they do increase an animal’s ability to fight off an infection or lessen the severity of the disease if it occurs. The majority of cattle vaccines are injected, although some may be given by other routes, such as intranasal and oral. Although antibiotics are also often administered via injection, treating an animal with one of these drugs is not a vaccination but rather a treatment once an infection has occurred.
Animal health product manufacturers go to great expense to obtain approval for vaccines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They must prove that the vaccine is
safe and that it will do what the label claims it will do. See Extension publication ANR-1416, “Understanding Protection Claims on Vaccine Labels,” for more information. Vaccine trade names can be confusing; however, the label will always specify which diseases and microorganisms the vaccine provides protection against. Sometimes different terms used in the name can be confusing as well. Terms such as 4-way, 5-way, 7-way, or 8-way do not refer to any particular type of vaccine, but rather to the number of different subtypes of a microorganism in a vaccine. These terms are most often used for leptospirosis or clostridial disease vaccines, which contain several subtypes of the Leptospira or Clostridium organisms.
Alpha-7 Cattle Vaccine is a single dose, seven-way clostridium vaccine used for healthy cattle, including bred and/or lactating cattle and dairy cattle as an aid in preventing blackleg and overeating. The vaccination is formulated with DD-2™, a proprietary adjuvant system oil to maximize the immune response and stimulate high levels of protection, is safe for use in all cattle. The Alpha-7 vaccine for cattle is given in a low volume 2-mL dose subcutaneously to prevent infection by Clostridium chauvoei, septicum, novyi, sordellii and perfringens Types C & D in herds.
While transient swelling at the injection site may occur, calves vaccinated at less than 3 months of age should be re-vaccinated at weaning or 4-6 months of age. Annual booster is recommended for maximum protection. One Shot Ultra® 7 is effective for vaccination of healthy cattle against disease caused by Clostridium chauvoei, Cl. septicum, Cl. novyi, Cl. sordellii, Cl. perfringens Types B, C and D, and respiratory disease caused by Mannheimia haemolytica Type A1.
Features and Benefits of 7 Way Cattle Vaccine
- ALPHA-7/MB-1 is the only single dose, seven-way clostridium vaccine with additional single-dose pinkeye protection
- ALPHA-7/MB-1 is safe for use in all cattle
- Formulated with DD-2™ adjuvant, a proprietary adjuvant system
- Low volume 2-mL dose
- Sub-Q administration
Dosage And Administration
Shake well. Using aseptic technique, inject subcutaneously or intramuscularly. Dosage: 5 mL, repeated in three (3) to four (4) weeks. Revaccinate annually or prior to periods of extreme risk, or parturition. For Cl. novyi and Cl. haemolyticum, revaccinate every five (5) to six (6) months. Animals vaccinated under three (3) months of age should be revaccinated at weaning or at four (4) to six (6) months of age. Intramuscular injection: Make intramuscular injections deeply into a large muscle (thigh). Cleanse the area and insert the needle. The needle should be at least 3/4″ in length.
Subcutaneous injection: Can be made in any area where the skin fits loosely (neck, chest wall, armpit or flank). Lift the skin to facilitate needle entry, insert the needle and discharge the dose. Massage the area to accelerate distribution.
Helps protect against diseases caused by the clostridial agents Clostridium chauvoei; Cl. septicum; Cl. novyi; Cl. sordellii;and Cl. perfringens Types B, C and D; and bovine pneumonia caused by M. haemolytica Type A1.
Prices of 7 Way Cattle Vaccine
$11.49 – $34.39