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5.5.5 What is vaccination coverage in foxes?

Vaccination rates in target populations are used to monitor immunisation success and to guide disease elimination efforts. They are therefore a good indicator of disease management programme performance.

The ORV vaccination coverage is considered to be the percentage of foxes that have received at least one dose of rabies vaccine in a given campaign. It is difficult to say what level of vaccination coverage is required to control rabies under different fox densities or other field conditions.

In ORV programmes, the term “vaccination coverage” is often used in connection with either bait-uptake or herd immunity, but must not be used synonymously with either of these terms (see sections 5.5.6; 5.5.16).


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