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Madison, N.J., April 5, 2018 – Merck Animal Health has kicked off the “Perform with PRESTIGE®” Sweepstakes – a new online sweepstakes designed to educate horse owners on the risks of equine influenza and the importance of vaccination and to encourage them to visit their veterinarian for a custom vaccination program. Now through June 30, 2018, horse owners can visit www.PerformWithPrestige.com for a chance to win a Featherlite® horse trailer, a trip to the 2018 World Equestrian Games in North Carolina, as well as many other monthly and weekly prizes.
“Risk of disease, response to vaccination and vaccination recommendations can be quite variable between horses. A veterinarian should be involved in assessing risk of disease and designing vaccination programs for individual horses and farms,” says D. Craig Barnett, D.V.M., director of equine veterinary professional services, Merck Animal Health. “Equine influenza can be particularly challenging, not only because it is extremely contagious, but also because it is a unique virus that changes over time. And just like human flu vaccines, equine flu vaccines must be periodically updated to protect against the strains of influenza currently circulating and threatening our horses.”
Merck Animal Health recently updated its PRESTIGE line of vaccines to include a new highly relevant clade 1 strain known as Florida '13, as well as added Richmond '07 clade 2 protection. The PRESTIGE line of killed-virus vaccines now features the most current equine influenza protection available.
In addition to learning more about the importance of using updated vaccines, visitors to the sweepstakes site are invited to share a little bit about themselves and their horses. In turn, they will receive educational information to support a dialogue with their veterinarian about influenza as well as other core and risk-based disease threats, as defined by the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
The grand prize winner of the Perform with PRESTIGE Sweepstakes will receive a Featherlite gooseneck trailer. Three monthly prizes will also be awarded, including:
Weekly prizes include a Cashel® fly protection package, a Classic Equine® winter blanket and nylon sheet package by Equibrand®, as well as a Classic Equine travel collection by Equibrand, and much more.
No purchase is necessary to enter or win. The sweepstakes are open to legal residents of the continental 48 United States and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older. The Sweepstakes begins March 15, 2018 at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends June 30, 2018 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET (“Sweepstakes Period”). Void where prohibited. Please refer to the official rules for complete details. The trademarks associated with prizes are the property of their respective owners, who are not affiliated with this Sweepstakes, and no endorsement is suggested or implied.
To learn more and to enter the Perform with PRESTIGE sweepstakes, please visit www.PerformWithPrestige.com.
For more than a century, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals™, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R & D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.merck-animal-health.com or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter at @MerckAH.
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