While awareness of swine influenza virus (SIV) has reached new heights in recent weeks, it has frustrated Canadian swine producers for many years. Producers now have a new option, FluSureXPTM from Pfizer Animal Health, the most current swine flu vaccine available in Canada.
“In the last 10 years we’ve experienced very dramatic changes in the evolution of SIV, notably the emergence of new strains of the virus,” said Dr. Don McDermid, swine veterinary services at Pfizer Animal Health. “The virus is like a moving target and that makes it extremely difficult for farmers to control.”
FluSure XP, available through veterinarians, provides relevant, broad cross-protection against contemporary flu strains found in North America including strains from both H1N1 and H3N2 subtypes. These strains were chosen on the basis of recent surveillance data and previous efficacy studies. FluSure XP is also the first swine vaccine to be licensed under new Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines designed to allow manufacturers to address vaccine updates more quickly; ensuring products are as current as possible.