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New video helps you get the facts about the Hendra vaccine

Should you trust the Hendra vaccine?

A new video and Fact Sheet have been created to help clear up some of the myths and misunderstandings about the Hendra virus vaccine.

Among the issues causing confusion for horse owners is a concern that their horse will react adversely to the vaccine.

But as the video reveals, over 300,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered, but reactions have only been reported for 0.28% of vaccinated horses, with the vast majority of these being injection site reactions, which resolve with little or no treatment.1

Compare this with humans who get a vaccination: up to 80% of people who receive a tetanus vaccination will experience a minor reaction at the site of the injection.2

The video features Olympian eventer and horse stud owner Megan Jones. She said:  "When you vaccinate a horse or a child, you do consider reactions that might happen; however a small reaction like muscle soreness for a couple of days is negligible compared to the threat of the Hendra virus."

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1 Zoetis – Data on File

2 World Health Organization: INFORMATION SHEET - OBSERVED RATE OF VACCINE REACTIONS DIPHTHERIA, PERTUSSIS, TETANUS VACCINES. Available online via:

http://www.who.int/vaccine_safety/initiative/tools/DTP_vaccine_rates_information_sheet.pdf

Date accessed: 26 November, 2014

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