Don’t let your loved ones be exposed to the deadly Hendra virus Vaccinate now HENDRA VIRUS VACCINATIONS: A simple vaccine is now available Australia wide to aid in prevention of deadly Hendra virus infection. Ask your equine veterinarian to vaccinate your horse against Hendra virus today. ere is no easier way. Don’t put your loved ones at risk. Vaccinate now. The news that the Royal Queensland Show (RQS), scheduled for August 2013 had introduced mandatory Hendra virus vaccinations for all horses visiting the showgrounds, including horse competitors, has resulted in some horse owners expressing concern at the costs and inconvience along with the need to vaccinate while research is being conducted. Hendra came to world attention in September 1994 when Queensland racehorse trainer Vic became the first victim along with 14 of his horses. Since then there have been 41 outbreaks, most of which have occurred in Queensland where the fruit bats - often called Little Red Flying foxes - gather for the nector and pollen of native trees. The RQS Open Letter to competitors indicated that the vaccine, which was released on the 1st November 2012, is the best available preventative measure and will mitigate the potential risks of this deadly virus. CLICK TO READ THE QRS LETTER IN FULL For more information, visit Equine Veterinarians Australia is a Special Interest Group of the Australian Veterinary Association Hoofbeats HeV advert.indd 1 3/19/2013 4:47:51 PM HIGH STAKES OF THE HENDRA VIRUS. The Weekend Australian Magazine For an indepth story on Hendra and the development of the vaccine go the the article written by Jamie Walker on March 16th that covers the history of Hendra, the toll it has had on horses and humans and the development of the vaccine. CLICK TO READ THE STORY