Hendra vaccine ‘no-brainer’
DANGER: Horses in all parts of Queensland and Northern New South Wales are at risk. VACCINATING against hendra virus is a no-brainer.
This virus kills, it kills horses and humans and there is no doubt it will kill again.
“Flying foxes are always on the move and with them hendra is always a risk,” veterinarian Dr Anja Schmidt said.
“Owning a horse is a choice, and they cost money, we all know that the added cost of a vaccination is hard to find, but what price do you put on a life?” she said.
Veterinary clinics in Mundubbera and Gayndah are joining forces and would like to invite every horse owner in the region to a meeting.
The importance of vaccination to stop the hendra virus will be highlighted at Mundubbera Bowls Club next Tuesday night.
One of the guest speakers is Natalie Beohm, a nurse from Redlands Vet Clinic who contracted the hendra virus and survived.
This is a fascinating story and one not to miss.
“When you consider what it costs to keep a horse (feeding, shoeing, worming, teeth), the relative cost of a vaccination is not excessive, and it will save lives,” Dr Schmidt said.
“Owners also need to consider the dentists, farriers and vets who work with their horses, and those people at pony clubs and campdrafts who come into contact with those horses. Anyone can die from hendra,” she said.
The information night is on October 14 at the Mundubbera Bowling Club at 6.30pm for 7pm start