Is Your Horse at Risk for Equine Influenza?
Keep your horses performing at their best with proper vaccination against equine influenza.
July 25, 2012
From AQHA Corporate Partner Pfizer Animal Health
Respiratory diseases are extremely common illnesses that can limit the performance of your American Quarter Horses. Of these cases, equine influenza virus (EIV) is most often the culprit.
Equine influenza is a contagious upper respiratory disease that can cause fever, coughing and nasal discharge, and can spread rapidly among groups of horses.1 Much like other respiratory diseases that afflict horses, equine influenza can be a source of economic loss because of losses in training days and additional veterinary costs.2
The best method for helping protect horses against equine influenza is to have them vaccinated before exposure. According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners vaccination guidelines to help control EIV, all at-risk horses — including horses less than 6 years of age, geriatric horses and horses that may be frequently exposed to EIV at shows, trail rides or other equestrian events — should be vaccinated every six months.1 In addition to vaccinating, take precautions that help prevent entry of the virus, such as quarantining newly arrived horses for at least 14 days, to help owners avoid the risk of spreading infection.1
Besides helping prevent disease, there is an economic benefit to vaccinating. Without vaccination — and considering the probability of mild, moderate or severe equine influenza — the financial risk of equine influenza virus can reach up to $885 for each horse for diagnostics, treatment and days of missed training.*
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The FLUVAC INNOVATOR® line of vaccines helps deliver demonstrated protection against circulating contemporary EIV strains. These vaccines aid in the prevention of equine influenza due to type A2 viruses; equine rhinopneumonitis due to equine herpesvirus types 1 and 4; equine encephalomyelitis due to eastern, western and Venezuelan encephalomyelitis viruses; and tetanus.
Your vaccination recommendations and schedules will vary depending on the use of your horse and potential for exposure to other horses. It’s important to work with your veterinarian to design a vaccination program to help keep this contagious disease under control and your horse performing at his or her best.
For more information on FLUVAC INNOVATOR vaccines, contact your Pfizer Animal Health representative or call 855-4AH-PFIZER (855-424-7349).
*These costs are based on diagnostics, treatment and days of missed training based on the probability of mild, moderate or severe equine influenza in an unvaccinated horse.
1 American Association of Equine Practitioners. Equine Influenza. 2008. www.aaep.org/equine_influenza.htm. Accessed July 2, 2012.
2 TheHorse.com. West C. Equine Influenza Vaccine Protocols: Boosters are Best. 2010. www.TheHorse.com/15837/. Accessed July 2, 2012.
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