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post #11 of 13 Old 03-22-2010, 11:31 AM
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My vet always tries to sell me West Nile vaccine and I always decline because in the entire state of Utah there is ussually less than a half dozen cases each year. It's kind of like vaccinating against lightning strikes.

Well, you're thinking on an individual basis but vaccines for things like West Nile especially are critical to maintain at a population level. You can't think "what will it do for ME" you have to think about herd health (loosely, here the herd is a population).In areas that had severe problems like FL, this disease is now rarely seen because vaccination protocols have been so stricktly adhered to.
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post #12 of 13 Old 03-22-2010, 11:32 AM
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Understandable kevin lol. I give westnile mostly because there have been cases right in my own back yard. A friend had a horse die from it. So it is recommended for my area. I also like to always make sure they get rabbies. To many skunks and coyotes running around with it in the wonderful state of texas.


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post #13 of 13 Old 03-22-2010, 12:19 PM
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My vet always tries to sell me West Nile vaccine and I always decline because in the entire state of Utah there is ussually less than a half dozen cases each year. It's kind of like vaccinating against lightning strikes.
You've never seen a horse with West Nile. The $12 shot is so worth not watching a horse with a neuro disease.
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