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About Vaccines

How Do They Work?

1. You inject the horse with an inactivated form of the organism that causes the disease.
2. The horse's immune system produces antibodies that fight that organism.

Important Facts:

1. The horse's immune system takes a minimum of 2 weeks to accumulate the antibodies needed.
2. Always vaccinate at least 3-4 weeks before likely exposure to a disease.
3. Always discuss with your veterinarian whether there are additional vaccinations recommended for your area or situation.
4. Your vet can inoculate your horse against several diseases with only one shot.
5. The best time for annual vaccinations is in the spring time before insect season starts.

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This article was published on: 1998. Last updated on: 1998.