Footvax Sheep Vaccine

The most common cause of lameness is foot-rot, which is an extremely painful, production-limiting disease that affects sheep of all ages. Foot-rot is caused by the naturally occurring bacteria Dichelobacter nodosus, which is carried by healthy as well as lame sheep, and can remain infectious up to 14 days on contaminated pasture. This means the feet of infected sheep play a significant role in the transmission of the disease. By implementing each of the five points of the five-point plan, the incidence of sheep lameness can be reduced below 2% by the end of the third year of implementation.


Footvax is for the active immunisation of sheep against footrot caused by Dichelobacter nodosus for the purposes of reducing the risk of a clinical infection due to Dichelobacter nodosus. Footvax is a fluid vaccine containing ten strains of inactivated Dichelobacter nodosus with an oil adjuvant. Thiomersal BP 0.015% w/v is added as a preservative. Footvax is for the active immunisation of sheep against footrot caused by Dichelobacter nodosus for the purposes of reducing the risk of a clinical infection due to Dichelobacter nodosus.
For uses, dosage, contra-indications and warnings please consult product leaflet. Further information is available on request. Use medicines responsibly.

Dosage & Administration

Dose: 1 ml


Initial Course: 

  • Two doses, 6 weeks apart by subcutaneous injection.
  • The site for injection is on the side of the neck 2 – 3 inches behind the ear.
  • Thoroughly shake the vaccine before use.
  • As the vaccine contains an oil adjuvant it is rather viscous. It will aid administration in cold weather if the vaccine is gently warmed by immersion in warm water (not hot) for 3 – 4 minutes before use.
  • Syringes and needles should be sterilised before use and the injection made through an area of clean, dry skin, taking strict precautions against contamination in order to reduce the possibility of abscess formation.

Vaccination programmes

  • These should be tailored to meet individual flock requirements which will vary from season to season according to the actual or likely incidence of footrot.
  • Wherever possible ‘whole flock’ vaccination programmes should be adopted. By this means disease incidence in the flock will decline and subsequent disease risk from the environment will be greatly reduced.

Prevention programme

  • Commence vaccination with a single dose of vaccine.
  • Further doses of vaccine will be required according to the flock disease status and/or the climatic conditions.
  • If, after 4 – 6 weeks significant levels of disease remain in the flock or climatic conditions conducive to footrot persist, administer a further dose. Otherwise delay this dose until conditions favour re-emergence of the disease.
  • Subsequent doses should also be administered according to prevailing conditions. Thus, with severe and constant disease challenge, revaccination may be necessary at 4 – 5 monthly intervals; conversely under favourable conditions revaccination may be delayed until the incidence of disease challenge increases or climatic conditions worsen.
  • It should be noted that these adverse conditions tend to occur in the UK between March and May and between October and December thus, vaccination should normally be completed shortly before these periods if problems are anticipated.

Treatment programme

  • A single dose of vaccine should be given to the flock immediately the disease becomes apparent.
  • For maximum effect, treatment with Footvax should be combined with the use of a footbath and antibiotic treatment.


  • should be as stated in the prevention programme, which should then be continued on the farm as the key element of the overall flock foot care programme.


 This product contains mineral oil. Accidental injection/self injection may result in severe pain and swelling, particularly if injected into a joint or finger, and in rare cases could result in the loss of the affected finger if prompt medical attention is not given.If you are accidentally injected with this product, seek prompt medical advice even if only a very small amount is injected and take the package leaflet with you.If pain persists for more than 12 hours after medical examination, seek medical advice again.To the doctor: This product contains mineral oil. Even if small amounts have been injected, accidental injection with this product can cause intense swelling, which may, for example, result in ischaemic necrosis and even the loss of a digit. Expert, PROMPT surgical attention is required and may necessitate early incision and irrigation of the injected area, especially where there is involvement of finger pulp or tendon.

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