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vaccination, horses, disease prevention

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ExEx 2076


Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering


A comprehensive health plan for horses includes vaccinations. Vaccinating a horse prepares its immune system to recognize and diminish the effects of a spe¬cific disease. Vaccines are not 100% effective in disease prevention or management, yet vaccinations can be very beneficial in guarding a horse against illness if the horse is in good general health. Management of overall health in conjunction with a vaccination program is the most effective way to ensure the health of your horse. While vaccinating your horses will help protect them in the event of local disease outbreak, vaccinations alone are not an effective health plan; proper nutrition, parasite management, and routine hoof and teeth care are also critical components of horse care.


June 2011.