Horse owners can protect their horse(s) against equine flu thanks toMerial’s “Vaccination Back on Track” promotion via veterinary practices thatadminister Merial vaccines.

The offer is available to all horses over 12 months of age that have not yet been vaccinated against equine influenza or are overdue a booster. A tetanus component is also available if required.

Emma Batson from Merial said: “With continuing cases of equine flu recorded in the UK, and a global increase in the number of serious outbreaks, it has never been more important to ensure that your horse is protected against this underestimated threat.

“It’s often not fully understood that equine flu can be transferred indirectly via inanimate objects such as horse boxes, fencing or human clothing. With just 37 per cent of horses in the UK estimated to be vaccinated, this leaves a significant naive and vulnerable population at risk.”

According to Merial, this scheme allows owners of both unvaccinated and lapsed horses to obtain a primary vaccination course at an attractive discounted rate.

Dr Batson said: “We are supporting Merial vaccine practices to enable them to offer horse owners a re-start primary vaccination course at a significant reduction from the usual price. Also, there is no limit on the number of horses that can be vaccinated, making it a particularly attractive offer for those with more than one horse or yard(s).”

Participating practices have the option to run the scheme in any month between now and December 2009 and anyone interested should contact their local vet.

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