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post #11 of 19 Old 10-05-2009, 09:01 PM
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I am so so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts. Vaccines are not guarantees, they only reduce the risk, no use in beating yourself up over not boosting in the spring. I still think people should be vigilant in vaccinating but no sense in feeling guilty now, you need to focus on helping each other through this. Hugs to you all.
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post #12 of 19 Old 10-05-2009, 09:05 PM
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I am so sorry to hear of your loss. AND I will certainly check my records to ensure my horses have the adequate vaccinations.
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post #13 of 19 Old 10-05-2009, 09:11 PM
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Oh, I hate to hear that - will keep you and your family in my thoughts and Prayers - I am so sorry for your loss.
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post #14 of 19 Old 10-05-2009, 09:15 PM
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So sorry to hear of your loss. I had heard this year was particularly bad for EEE. Darn mosquitoes! Out here, it's West Nile..... My kids got whooping cough even though they were vaccinated. Dr. Said some people are just immune to the vaccine, could be the same in horses.......

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My heart goes out to you. Take Care.
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post #16 of 19 Old 10-06-2009, 12:15 AM
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I am so sorry. You are in my prayers. Have you thought about checking the blood level for what you vaccinated for (a titer)? There are botched vaccine lots - and you have said there has been an outbreak in your area. Have others had the same problem? There are many variables, but a vaccine should last at least a year. I actually know a few alternative medicine vets just in case things like this should occur to me. There is a practice called homeopathy - it is not mainstream but has been known to help very sick animals (and people) - a vet named Glen Dupree is a DMV who practices this - is site: homeopathyfortheanimals.com

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post #17 of 19 Old 10-06-2009, 12:19 AM
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So sorry to hear of your loss. I had heard this year was particularly bad for EEE. Darn mosquitoes! Out here, it's West Nile..... My kids got whooping cough even though they were vaccinated. Dr. Said some people are just immune to the vaccine, could be the same in horses.......
There is no way you can be "immune" to a vaccine. Your doctor gave you advice that really makes no sense.
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post #18 of 19 Old 10-06-2009, 12:46 AM
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There is no way you can be "immune" to a vaccine. Your doctor gave you advice that really makes no sense.
I think what she means is that some will get an illness regardless of vaccination...which is true. There are so many strains of illnesses, that even when you vaccinate for several, you aren't 100% guaranteed that the animal won't get the illness, because a different strain can crop up and the horse's immune system isn't prepared for it. It makes vaccinating a crapshot at best, sometimes, because you never will know when a virus will make a 'jump' and attack the horses as a closely related but different strain than the animal is vaccinated for.

To the OP, I am so sorry that you lost a great horse...many hugs!!!

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post #19 of 19 Old 10-06-2009, 06:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all. Stetson is buried in the ground so we will not be able to test. I live in Ohio, but my daughter had Stetson in NC, where they are having an outbreak.
I will tell Alicia that it may have been a different strain than what we vaccinated for, maybe she will feel better.

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