Influenza Awareness

Influenza Awareness

There were a number of equine influenza outbreaks in the UK last year and there have already been cases diagnosed this year.

There were a number of equine influenza outbreaks in the UK last year and there have already been cases diagnosed this year.

Did you realise all horses are at risk of flu, even if they don’t leave the yard? Other horses travelling to and from the yard, even those that are vaccinated, can pass on the flu virus without showing any signs themselves.

Influenza is a viral infection which affects the respiratory system resulting in a high fever, runny nose and coughing.

To provide effective immunity against influenza your horse should be given an initial primary course of 3 vaccinations. Following the first vaccination the second needs to be given 21 to 92 days later. The third vaccination needs to be given 150 to 215 days after the second and then booster vaccinations given at least annually or 6 monthly for higher risk horses, such as those competing. The primary course may be started any time after your horse is 5 months old.

For your booster vaccination, or to start your horse's flu vaccination schedule again, telephone the clinic on 01451 820 137. Take advantage of one of our 'zone visits' with no travel charge.

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