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West Nile Virus Vaccine safe to use?

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D. Dron
Neonate
Username: Tehya

Post Number: 1
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 05:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have an APHA 17 year old mare that I acquired about a year ago that I am thinking about breeding this May. The previous owners never had her vaccinated for West Nile and my vet is telling me that it should be done.

I was thinking of getting her vaccinated for the West Nile virus this April so all her shots would be done before she went in for breeding. However, I have done research and it appears that there are allegations that the vaccine has caused mare abortions and deformed foals.

I know that this has not been proved definitively but I wonder what risks, if any, there would be to the pregnancy if she had the shots before she went into breeding.

She has had over a dozen foals with no complications with any of them, so I really hate to mess with what is working. However, a couple of years ago, we did get the West Nile virus out here pretty bad and since there are several bodies of water near where I live, it seems risky to just let her go without a vaccination.

So I am in quite the quandry! I want to make sure she is healthy and has a healthy baby too! How risky is it to the pregnancy to get the vaccination so close to her breeding?
 

Colleen Beck
Breeding Stock
Username: Gypsycreations

Post Number: 105
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 06:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We vaccinate all our mares for west nile and have never had a problem with pregnancies or foaling healthy foals.
 

cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 166
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 09:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I vaccinate everything for west nile.
 

Roxanne
Yearling
Username: Roxanne

Post Number: 53
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - 10:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare was fully vaccinated, including west nile, during her pregnancy and there weren't any problems. She delivered nice healthy foal last week.
 

Ruth
Yearling
Username: Rooty

Post Number: 73
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 05:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We have been vaccinating our pregnant mares for WNV for at least 4 years now, never any problems you could attribute to the vaccine.
Your mare won't be any good to you if she dies of WNV.



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