Equine Vaccination: What, When, and Why?

Regular, strategic vaccination is a safe, effective method to greatly minimize the chances of deadly diseases impacting your herd. Learn more in this article from the April 2022 issue of The Horse.

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Equine Vaccination: What, When, and Why?
Seek veterinary input when determining which vaccines to include in your herd’s program. | The Horse Staff

It’s spring and the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the foals are frolicking. Less visibly, but just as importantly, mosquitoes are hatching, Clostridium tetani spores are lying in wait in soil, manure, and on that old, rusty fence wire, and a confused-looking and possibly rabid raccoon just wandered through the paddock in the middle of the afternoon. While springtime brings warmth, new life, and equine activities, it also increases preventable disease risks. Regular, strategic vaccination is a safe, effective method to greatly minimize the chances of deadly diseases impacting your herd.

The AAEP recommends all horses receive core vaccinations that “protect against diseases that are endemic to a region, are virulent/highly contagious, pose a risk of severe disease, those having potential public health significance, and/ or are required by law

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David W. Horohov, PhD, is a professor and the William Robert Mills Chair in Equine Immunology in the Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center. His research program focuses on identifying and characterizing cytokines (messenger molecules” by which cells of the immune system signal and instruct one another) and their role in protective and pathologic (disease-causing) immune responses. He’s particularly interested in the effect of age on immune responses in the horse.””avid W. Horohov

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