Remember user safety with new mastitis vaccine


<p>A bovine vaccine with liquid paraffin used as adjuvant is to be introduced to the Finnish market. This Startvac vaccine is indicated for herd immunisation of cows and heifers in herds with recurring mastitis problems. The product has been issued marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union in February 2009. Evira has released the first batches for marketing in Finland in March 2010.</p>

Accidental self-injection requires immediate action
Startvac vaccine contains as adjuvant liquid paraffin, which is a mineral oil. Accidental injection may result in severe pain and swelling, particularly if injected into a joint or finger, and in rare cases could result in the loss of the affected finger if prompt medical attention is not given.

Medical advice must be sought immediately in case of accidental self-injection even if only a small amount is injected. It may be necessary to open and rinse the site of accidental self-injection, especially where there is involvement of finger pulp or tendon. The package leaflet contains also instructions for physicians and it should therefore be shown to the physician.

Similar irritating adjuvants have been previously used in e.g. fish vaccines.

For more information / advice on vaccine, please contact:
Karoliina Alm-Packalén, Researcher, tel. +358 (0) 40–486 0052
Miia Jakava-Viljanen, Special Researcher, tel. +358 (0) 50–3510308
Liisa Kaartinen, Head of Research Unit, tel. +358 (0) 40–840 7364


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