A different view
IWOULD like to address statements made by Jeanine Hamilton on Facebook, and included in the article Hendra, October 23 issue of the CNBT.
She states: “Instead of constantly hounding the horse owners, let’s get the government to subsidise the vaccines or do something about the overpopulation of bats.”
I personally agree with her, but even if the bat population is reduced the risk of hendra virus will not diminished. To stop horses getting Hendra from bats, every bat in Australia needs to be destroyed. This is not going to happen. The government did put funds toward the research and development of the vaccine, as did Zoetis (then Pfizer). Horses being used commercially, the business needs to pay its way.
She states: “I agree there are questions about the vaccine...” It is simply a matter of accepting the answers, even if they don’t suit the private agendas of people who oppose the vaccine for reasons unknown to me. This vaccine is very safe and very effective.
She states: “...we research and take the best course of action that we can for our individual situation.” I state very strongly that the course of action for every individual situation is to vaccinate horses at four months old.
She states: “I don’t believe that my unvaccinated horses at home are of any risk, nor do I think my vet is silly