Flu strains can change, so vaccines must too.
Equine influenza virus (EIV or flu) is a viral respiratory disease that spreads rapidly. Infected horses shed the virus in aerosolized droplets that are dispersed by coughing or in infected nasal discharge.
All it takes to spread the flu is for one horse to cross paths with another horse that is shedding the virus. In many cases, an infected horse that is partially immune can carry and shed the virus while showing minimal clinical signs.
You may not realize when your horse is at risk.
Almost any horse could be exposed to the flu and needs to be protected.
According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), all horses should be vaccinated for equine flu unless they live in a closed and isolated facility. Even horses on neighboring properties could spread the flu. A fence isn’t going to keep a virus out.
Travelling to competitions or shows also increases risk for horses. They are exposed to horses from other areas or overseas that may carry new viruses.
If your horse is comingled or stabled with other horses, the risk of exposure increases.
Without vaccination — or the right vaccination — the flu can take its toll.
Infected horses usually develop:
Coughing could last weeks. In some equine flu cases, the disease can become more severe and complications can occur. Fever and a loss of appetite can lead to diminished strength. If your horse develops a bacterial infection, it can lead to pneumonia.
Why risk it? Vaccination is effective in protecting against influenza and reducing the severity of illness.
New equine flu strains can develop over time. Just as the human flu vaccine needs to be updated regularly to make sure it’s effective against the newer influenza strains, equine flu vaccines need to be updated as well.
You can’t take protection for granted. That’s why the AAEP recommends vaccination against the latest flu strains. It’s also why VETERA® XP vaccines have been updated to represent the influenza strains most likely to infect horses today.
To date, only VETERA® XP vaccines have been updated for protection against the most relevant strains of equine influenza:
The VETERA® vaccine portfolio offers you and your veterinarian many options.
Based on your horse’s lifestyle, your veterinarian will recommend the right vaccines for your horse. VETERA XP has an option ready for almost any protocol.
Talk to your veterinarian about which vaccine is appropriate for your horse.
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