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Vaccination of broodmares is just one part of a complete disease prevention program, but its importance should not be underestimated. Immunization is one of the least expensive, and most effective, strategies horse breeders can...
The idea of a vaccine is to get the immune system to mount a response against a pathogenic invader while saving the horse from suffering disease symptoms that at best are uncomfortable and inconvenient, and at worst are fatal.
Before WNV reached North American shores, there were two other forms of viral encephalitis for horse owners to worry about. Eastern, Western and Venezuelan equine encephalitis are killers, but vaccination can help stave off these neurologic diseases.
Strangles is a highly contagious disease that affects lymph nodes and potentially other organs in the horse. Researchers are working on effective vaccines, but management strategies are even more important in limiting its presence among horses.
Equine vaccination is complicated, and many factors affecting immunity and vaccination provide possibilities for new technologies and ways to vaccinate horses. Tomorrow’s vaccine technology and delivery methods promise better immunity for horses.
When it comes to protection from infectious diseases, the best defense is a good offense. Not only is a strategic vaccination program important, but the housing and handling of horses on a farm can enhance vaccination efficacy. A successful