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Vetera® Gold Vaccine

Vetera® Gold Vaccine
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Why vaccinate your horse?
A.  Vaccination may be the only way to help protect horses from some diseases, preventing disease causes less stress than recovery from infection, and many diseases cause permanent damage or death.

Q.  How have the safety and efficacy of Vetera Gold vaccines been tested?
A.  Vetera Gold and Vetera Gold + VEE have both undergone aggressive intrathecal and heterologous challenge studies. Vetera Gold and Vetera Gold + VEE was demonstrated to be 99% reaction-free in a mult-state safety study utilzing 1,760 dozes.

Q.  How should I store my vaccines once I receive them?
A.  You should always store the vaccines that you buy in the refrigerator. For best results, do not take them out of the refrigerator until you are ready to administer them.

Q.  I'm having my vaccines shipped by 1-day air. What other steps can I take to make sure that they stay cold but do not freeze?
A.  If you are not going to be at the delivery point in the summer, leave a cooler with ice packs outside the door, with instructions for the delivery person to place the vaccines in the cooler. In the winter, a cooler may also be used to insulate the vaccine and prevent it from freezing. When you place your order, let the operator know you are doing this so we can also place instructions for the delivery person.

Q.  Could widespread outbreaks of West Nile virus infection occur again in the future?
A.  Yes. Vaccination has been successful in controlling this disease in our horse populations. Relaxed attitudes toward vaccination, as well as changes in the dynamics of mosquito populations, could result in future outbreaks. For example, the recently identified white-nose bat syndrome has depleted the populations of bat colonies in the northeast part of the US by up to 90%. Bats feed on mosquitoes, and their population reduction has raised concerns about the potential for increased mosquitoes in these areas and the reoccurrence of West Nile virus infection.

Q.  What does the AAEP’s Guidelines for the Vaccination of Horses recommend for West Nile virus vaccination?
A.  The AAEP Guidelines state "…vaccination for West Nile virus is recommended as a core vaccine and is an essential standard of care for all horses in North America." Complete vaccination guidelines can be found on the AAEP website.

Q.  What West Nile virus strain is used in Vetera West Nile virus vaccines?
A.  The family of West Nile virus vaccines contains the North American Equine E159™ virus strain, which is a horse origin 2005 isolate.

Q.  Why was the North American Equine E159 virus strain chosen for the vaccines?
A.  The introduction of the West Nile virus (genotype NY99) to North America in 1999 was followed by 2 years of relatively low transmission as the virus spread down the Atlantic seaboard. However, in 2002, a new strain of the virus emerged (genotype WN02) that rapidly spread throughout North America, displacing the old strain by 2005.

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