Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
    
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


National Pork Board Says You Should Prioritize Flu Vaccinations to Protect People and Pigs

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 19:28:05 CDT

National Pork Board Says You Should Prioritize Flu Vaccinations to Protect People and Pigs As we move into fall, there are many on-farm tasks that need to be adjusted, such as ventilation and rodent control. One practice that needs to be added to the list is influenza protection, specifically to prioritize flu vaccinations for everyone working on a pig farm.


“Everyone associated with the farm should be vaccinated whether they work directly with pigs or not,” said Heather Fowler, DVM, director of producer and public health for the Pork Checkoff. “That is the best thing producers can do to protect their families, co-workers and pigs from the flu.”


In fact, a seasonal flu vaccination is a public health recommendation and part of the One Health approach to protect people, pigs and the global environment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older be vaccinated annually against seasonal influenza. The seasonal influenza vaccine is available now, so people should be vaccinated as soon as possible to prompt their immune system to prepare for flu season, which typically stretches from October to May.


“Equally important, farms need to have sick-leave policies in place that encourage workers to stay home if they are suffering from flu-like like respiratory symptoms,” Fowler said. “While it’s especially important to stay off the farm, people need to stay away from public places and take time to rest and recover. This will help shorten the duration and impact of the infection.”
Influenza is a virus, and infections can last three to seven days, although a cough can persist for more than two weeks.


“People with active infections can be contagious for several days,” Fowler said. “They should not return to work for at least 24 hours after their fever breaks without using a fever-reducing medication.”


Other on-farm practices should receive extra attention this time of year, including reviewing the Pork Quality Assuance® Plus (PQA Plus®) section that addresses influenza. Here are a few critical steps:


- Animal caretakers should wash their hands and arms frequently with soap and water. Keep hands away from mouth, nose and eyes.


- Monitor animal health daily and contact the herd veterinarian immediately if influenza is suspected. A rapid response is helpful when treating sick pigs and may also minimize losses and further spread.


- Maintain proper building ventilation and barn hygiene to help reduce influenza virus transmission.


- Ensure bird and rodent control programs are well established.


- Do not allow anyone with flu-like symptoms to enter the facility, and ask visitors about recent contact with others who may have been ill.


- Restrict eating in animal areas.


“The good news is that seasonal flu vaccinations are widely available today, including convenient options, such as a quick stop at the local pharmacy or clinic,” Fowler said. “Influenza can be addressed effectively through vaccinations, which help reduce the duration, intensity and spread of the virus. Producers are committed to protecting swine health and welfare, as well as public health. Getting vaccinations and following protocols to reduce the potential transmission of influenza this season is one more step in doing what’s right for people, pigs and the planet.”


Source: National Pork Board


   

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • Monday Preopening Market Update with Dave Lanning  Mon, 09 Dec 2019 07:14:12 CST
  • Heart of America Agricultural Hemp Classic Coming in January in Kansas City Area  Mon, 09 Dec 2019 06:36:06
  • Friday December 6 2019 Market Wrapup with Justin Lewis  Fri, 06 Dec 2019 20:11:33
  • Plains Cotton Growers Offers Stress Resources to Producers  Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:50:47 CST
  • 2019-2020 Oklahoma High School Seniors Conservation Auxiliary Scolarship Application  Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:40:45 CST
  • Recapping the 2019 U.S. Soybean Crop Results  Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:34:12 CST
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2019  Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:30:01 CST
  • Hannah Thompson-Weeman on the Book- What Would Jesus REALLY Eat?  Fri, 06 Dec 2019 13:49:38

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show AFR Insurance Stillwater Milling KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Our Road to Rural Prosperity sponsors!

    Banc First OPSRC ORWA TPAOO TPAOO

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com


       
       
    © 2008-2019 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.