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  1. #1
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    Default Do You vaccinate for EW or EWV (encephalitis)?

    Just curious if people are vaccinating against EW Encephalitis only or are doing the Venezuelan as well. Most vaccines are offered either way but do they need the extra. Cost wise it is only a couple of dollars more but just wondering if it is necessary.



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    Bosspaige,
    I board in the same town where you live and yes, we are vaccinating for EW. This came at our Vets recommendation.



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    Huntertwo...So your vet didn't recommend doing the Venezuelan, just the Eastern and Western? I am ordering my shots and trying to decide what to order. I have always done the EW but it looks like more and more shots are available with the EWV. I want to make sure the horses are covered for eveyrhing they need but also don't want to vaccinate for more thatn they need.



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    We do Eastern & Western but not Venezuelan FWIW.



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    We vacc for VEW down here, but we are much more southern than you!
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    I do all three... probably won't hurt, might help. *Shrug*
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    My priority is to vaccinate for diseases that can be passed to other species -- rabies, for ex.

    Thought the encephalitis diseases (if I'm understanding u) do transfer to humans, including the Ven.?



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    Question just my 2 cents!

    I believe there's never been a case of Venezuelan here in the US so I think it's unneccesary for most of us. MAYBE ya'll down south should or those boarding where horses are traveling internationally or going long distances for shows etc. I think it's overkill but there's ALWAYS cases of Eastern/Western encephalitis. We get a lot of Eastern in our state.



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    Only eastern/western here, on the recommendation of my vet.



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    I've always heard that only in Texas do you need to vaccinate for the
    Venezuelan strain. I would spend those extra dollars on rabies and
    maybe West Nile before I vaccinated for Venezuelan encephalitis.
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    Exclamation

    Horses do not transmit either EEE or WEE, or VEE. They like we, are dead end hosts.

    VEE was an entity in the US back in the early 70's, don't beat me up over the date, but a rigorous vaccination program, quieted things down.

    Since the recovery rate for horses afflicted with the encephalomyelitises is almost nil, except perhaps for West Nile, and that is no sure bet, I consider anyone not vaccinating, foolish.
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    OK on dead-end hosting, but according to the AAEP, transmission is 'very rare.' Which kind of means it has occurred.

    I'm not sure what is gained by calling someone who is asking for information 'foolish'?



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    The USDA doesn't have VEE as a recommended vax for anyone in the US except in case of outbreaks (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/pubs/fsvee.html). Since I am unclear on how mosquitoes know where the border is, I'd probably do it if I lived in TX or other border states, though.

    I have always vaccinated for EEE and WEE, though, across the US. Here in the Northeast we see cases of EEE every year and it's not got a very high survival rate, so it's definitely a key vaccine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bosspaige View Post
    Huntertwo...So your vet didn't recommend doing the Venezuelan, just the Eastern and Western? I am ordering my shots and trying to decide what to order. I have always done the EW but it looks like more and more shots are available with the EWV. I want to make sure the horses are covered for eveyrhing they need but also don't want to vaccinate for more thatn they need.
    Bosspaige,
    Let me double check the sign up sheet when I go to the barn tomorrow. I was just looking at it again today..But don't ask me if I remember. Sux getting old.



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    I'm in northern IL; I just do Eastern and Western plus West Nile.



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