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Boehringer introduces unique combination swine vaccine in the US


Jun 21, 2017 - Animal Pharm
By Malcolm Flanagan
Animal Pharm
June 21, 2017 

The first combination vaccine for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (Mhp) to be approved in the US is now available from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica.

FLEXMycoPRRS is the newest addition to the FLEX line of Boehringer combination swine vaccines. FLEXMycoPRRS "combines the efficacy of the world's bestselling Mycoplasma and PRRS vaccines Ingelvac MycoFLEX and Ingelvac PRRS MLV". Boehringer said a convenient single dose provides safe, long-lasting protective immunity against two of the most common swine respiratory disease pathogens.

Emanating from the Georgia-based firm's North American research complex, the new vaccine "is ideal for use by swine producers who are looking to protect their entire operation from growing pigs to the breeding herd". This includes mass vaccination of gilt and sow herds to control Mhp and PRRS infections. It is also safe for pregnant sows. FLEXMycoPRRS can be used in PRRS-positive or PRRS-stable sow herds looking to bolster PRRS protection.

Dr Reid Philips, technical manager for Boehringer, said: "This kind of customized approach was behind the development of FLEXMycoPRRS. Producers told us they wanted a product like this to help generate immunity and protect both the breeding herd and growing pigs.

"PRRS and Mhp can have clinical impact at similar phases of production in your production system. Co-infections involving PRRS and Mhp are also common and more costly than single infections, and they are often misdiagnosed, which complicates disease management. Vaccinating for both with a single dose helps the pig build an optimal immune response to pathogens that can negatively impact growth and performance."

Dr Eduardo Fano, technical manager for Boehringer, added: "FLEXMycoPRRS is not just a combination of antigens but a combination of disease management strategies and tactics. It fits nicely into what we call the infection/prevention chain. These are multi-phase intervention strategies – a whole herd health approach – linked to disease events and potential transmission points that could occur throughout a swine operation’s production phases.

"Today's larger, more complex swine farms and production systems require a different approach to disease control. We need to recognize the infection dynamics and the impact of disease through the production cycle, and develop holistic and customized prevention strategies. That's why Boehringer's FLEX family of products was originally developed."

Reprinted with permission of Animal Pharm News

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