James Roth, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVM
Adjuvants in Veterinary Vaccines:Modes of Action to Enhance the Immune Response & Potential Adverse Effects
The word adjuvant derives from Latin. It literally means "aid," precisely what adjuvants do when added to vaccines. Adjuvant agents enhance the immune response that occurs after vaccine administration. Although they have been used extensively in the last 50 years, there has not been a comprehensive veterinary journal review of adjuvant mode of action and selection rationale until recently.