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Horse vaccination

Currently there are 6 viral and bacterial diseases in horses which can be protected by vaccination.

Influenza (Flu)
Tetanus

Equine Herpes Virus 1 & 4
Rotavirus
Equine Arteritis
Strangles

INFLUENZA

Most equestrian bodies advise following the vaccination protocol laid down by the Horseracing Regulatory Authority:

Primary vaccination course of 3
1st Vaccination
2nd Vaccination after 21 - 92 days
3rd Vaccination after 150 - 215 days
Booster vaccinations
Then annual boosters within 365 days

N.B. - The FEI require an influenza vaccination within 6 months of the last vaccination.

TETANUS

Frequency depends on the vaccine used.

Primary vaccination course of 2
1st Vaccination
2nd Vaccination after 4-6 weeks
Booster vaccinations
Booster vaccinations given every 1-3 years, depending on the vaccine used

Duvaxyn - every year
Prequenza - every 2 years
Proteque - every year
Equip - every 3 years

EQUINE HERPES VIRUS

Primary vaccination course of 2
1st Vaccination
2nd Vaccination after 4-6 weeks
Booster vaccinations
Every 6 months

Pregnant mares vaccinated at 5-7-9 months of pregnancy

ROTAVIRUS

Pregnant mares vaccinated at 8-9-10 months of pregnancy

EQUINE ARTERITIS

Primary vaccination course of 2
1st Vaccination
2nd Vaccination after 3 - 6 weeks
Booster vaccinations
Booster vaccinations at 6 monthly intervals

STRANGLES

Primary vaccination course of 3
1st Vaccination
2nd Vaccination after 2 weeks
3rd Vaccination after 2 more weeks
Booster vaccinations
Every year or 6 months when risk is high


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