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Should the commercial U.S. poultry industry vaccinate against bird flu?

By David B. Strickland Poultry Times editor dstrickland@poultrytimes.com

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WASHINGTON — Increased concern is being focused on highly pathogenic avian influenza, with its recent species jump into some of the nation’s dairy cattle, and the annual spring wild bird migration season that has poultry producers on alert for the disease’s spread – there has been some attention given to the possibility of vaccinating poultry against AI.

The United States poultry industry currently does not vaccinate against HPAI.

Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council, in a recent column for the Virginia Poultry Federation’s newsletter, addressed the topic of whether commercial poultry should be vaccinated against this virus. . .

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