Horse Health

Equine Influenza Can Be Costly

November 15, 2012

Proper vaccination can help protect both horse health and your wallet.

Vaccinations are important to your horse’s health. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Pfizer Animal Health

If your American Quarter Horses are exposed to other horses, they could easily be at risk for equine influenza virus. Without vaccination against EIV, horse owners can face a financial risk of up to $885, based on diagnostics, treatment and days of missed training.* That’s why it’s important to determine with your veterinarian whether your horse is at risk and, if so, what strategy should be used to help provide protection against EIV.

Equine influenza is one of the most common respiratory diseases in horses. This contagious disease can cause fever, coughing and nasal discharge, and it can spread rapidly among groups of horses. Much like other respiratory diseases, EIV can be a source of economic loss because of missed training days and additional veterinary costs.

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Proper vaccination before exposure can help protect your horse from EIV, as well as help protect you from financial loss. 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 For at-risk horses that are not vaccinated, the risk of contracting EIV can be up to 93.2 percent.**

For your horse’s health and your wallet, it’s critical to rely on demonstrated protection against circulating contemporary EIV strains. The FLUVAC INNOVATOR® line of vaccines not only helps deliver this protection against equine influenza due to type A2 viruses but also aids in the prevention of; equine rhinopneumonitis due to equine herpesvirus Types 1 and 4; equine encephalomyelitis due to eastern, western and Venezuelan encephalomyelitis viruses; and tetanus.

Not vaccinating for EIV when your horse is at risk can be costly and hurt much more than your finances – it can hurt the health and performance of your horses. To help determine your horses’ potential risk for exposure, it’s important to work with your veterinarian to provide proper protection from this common illness.

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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.

**Results from this model are based on outcomes and mean summaries from research trials and include manual inputs of market prices and other variables to customize this report. Results will vary, and printouts generated from this model should not be construed as a guarantee of an outcome.

1 American Association of Equine Practitioners. Equine Influenza. 2008. www.aaep.org/equine_influenza.htm. Accessed July 2, 2012.

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