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Foobar

  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
How long between anitbiotics and vaccination?
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:21:03 am »
How long do I need to leave it between giving a lamb antibiotics (Alamycin LA) and his first HepP vaccination? Roughly :)
Is a week enough?  (assuming whatever it was given antibiotics for has cleared up)  or would longer be better?
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Me

  • Joined Feb 2014
  • Wild West
Re: How long between anitbiotics and vaccination?
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2014, 11:33:13 am »
Ideally don't vaccinate a sick animal as the immune response is likely to be poor and it's thought less likely to work. I would suggest if the lamb is now looking fit and well jab it along with the rest. If not pop a bit in the fridge and wait until he is well. ps. you wont get a definitive answer to this as drug companies do not test their products along with all others.
« Last Edit: April 24, 2014, 11:35:09 am by Me »

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: How long between anitbiotics and vaccination?
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2014, 11:38:36 am »
I asked our vet this exact question and he said 48hours, I left it a week though until the lamb was totally back to himself (he had an abscess and was quite ill with it).

Foobar

  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Re: How long between anitbiotics and vaccination?
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2014, 12:07:28 pm »
I asked our vet this exact question and he said 48hours, I left it a week though until the lamb was totally back to himself (he had an abscess and was quite ill with it).


Blimey.  I thought the LA antibiotics persisted in the blood for about 4 days, and I assumed this would have an impact on the vaccine.  I think, like you, I'll go with a week or more.


Thanks both.

 

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