The use of nuclear technologies to fight problem diseases – the re-emergence of irradiated vaccines


The concept of vaccination is a sound one for the prevention of animal disease; fundamentally, it is designed to mimic the development of naturally acquired immunity by inoculation of non pathogenic, highly immunogenic organisms. Vaccines have an added advantage in that whilst having an impact on animal health and productivity they also enable reductions in veterinary pharmaceuticals in the food chain by eliminating the need for drugs or antibiotics to control disease.