Bordetella avium Vaccine

The ART VAX® vaccine is a live bacterial vaccine containing a chemically induced mutant of Bordetella avium which is immunogenic for turkeys when given by spray at one day of age, then in the drinking water at 2 weeks of age.

This product has been shown to be effective for the vaccination of healthy turkeys 1 day of age and 2 weeks of age or older against rhinotracheitis (turkey coryza) caused by Bordetella avium.

  • Approved for spray administration at 1 day of age followed by drinking water at 2 weeks of age
  • Proven efficacy against coryza in turkeys
  • Time proven, this vaccine strain has been used effectively in the field for more than 20 years
  • Mild reaction
  • Freeze dried product of proven quality and stability

  • Bordetella Avium (Turkey CORYZA)

Many factors must be considered in determining the vaccination program for a particular farm or poultry operation. To be fully effective, the vaccine must be administered to healthy receptive birds held in proper environment under good management. In addition, the response may be modified by the age of the birds and their immune status. Seldom does 1 vaccination under field conditions produce complete protection for all individuals in a given flock. The amount of protection required will vary with the type of operation and the degree of exposure that a flock is likely to encounter.

Calculate the water volume needed. For example, a machine which dispenses 21 ml to a box of 100 turkeys – total volume for 1,000 doses is 210 ml of non-chlorinated water. For coarse spray in bird houses, follow manufacturer’s direction for the particular spray machine. Add rehydrated vaccine and mix thoroughly.


  1. Do not use any disinfectants in the drinking water for 48 hours before vaccinating and 24 hours after vaccination.
  2. Withhold water from the turkeys until they are thirsty.
  3. Calculate the water volume needed so the vaccine will be consumed in approximately 2 hours.
  4. Optional: as an aid in preserving the virus, add a vaccine stabilizer to the stock solution or to the tank containing clean, cool, nonchlorinated water. Agitate thoroughly. Follow the manufacturer’s rate of administrations and wait time.
  5. Add rehydrated vaccine from vial to the water and mix thoroughly.
  6. Turn on tank valve or automatic dosing system.
  7. Provide as sole source of drinking water until all vaccine-water\ solution has been consumed.

10 x 1,000 dose ampules

  • All birds should be vaccinated at the same time.
  • Do not medicate turkeys with antibacterial drugs 3 days prior to or 5 days after vaccination.
  • Use entire contents when first opened.
  • Do not vaccinate within 21 days before slaughter.
  • Store at 2° to 8°C (35° to 46°F).
  • Inactivate unused contents before disposal.
  • Do not mix with other products, except as specified on this label.
  • In case of human exposure, contact a physician.

This vaccine has undergone rigid potency, safety and purity tests, and meets Merck Animal Health, U.S. and local regulatory requirements. It is designed to stimulate effective immunity when used as directed, but the user must be advised that the response to the product depends upon many factors, including, but not limited to, conditions of storage and handling by the user, administration of the vaccine, health and responsiveness of the individual chickens, and the degree of field exposure. A safety data sheet (SDS) is available upon request. This and any other consumer information can be obtained by calling Merck Animal Health Customer Service at 1-800-211-3573.

Keep a record of vaccine, quantity, serial number, expiration date, and place of purchase; the date and time of vaccination; the number, age, breed, and locations of chickens; names of operators performing the vaccination and any observed reactions.

Contact our sales or technical services representatives to help design a custom vaccination program.

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*Data on file, Merck Animal Health

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