The Great Vaccine Debate

By Laramie Winfield DVM, DACVIM

administering-vaccineAnnual vaccinations are a large part of our preventative health strategy here at Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic. As your veterinarian we are happy to be one of your main sources of information concerning your horse’s health and vaccines. However, we also realize that many owners would like additional opinions and sources of information. While there are many excellent sources of information available to you on the internet, there are also many source of information that are misleading, incorrect, and full of misguided advice. The following links are additional places you can find good vaccine information for your horse.

Vaccine Indications:

Vaccine Guidelines from American Association of Equine Practitioners

Vaccine Guidelines from UC Davis

The Great Vaccine Debate: Should you vaccinate your horse or not? The following article does an excellent job of answering many of the common questions we hear about vaccination and if it is necessary for your horse. We do recognize that some horses are very sensitive to vaccination and alternative vaccine forms and schedules may be best for those horses. Each horse and situation may benefit from a different protocol and we are happy to develop an individual plan for you and your horse.

The following are links to articles concerning rabies cases reported on the Monterey Peninsula. Rabies is a fatal disease that can be transmitted to humans. Given the severity and significance of rabies infection it is included in the core vaccines recommended for horses.

West Nile is a mosquito born viral disease transmitted to horses causing neurologic signs, fever, and in 30% of horses is fatal. Given that available vaccines are highly effective at preventing disease and safe to administer we strongly support the administration of vaccines to protect against West Nile Virus. The website below is run by the California government which has a surveillance program in place to monitor new cases for each year.

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