Equine Flu Recommendations for the Showing Season
As the Show season is about to commence, it is the advice of the SHS that all horses must have a current vaccination (immunisation) against Equine Influenza.
The recommended vaccination schedule is based on the vaccine manufacturers’ recommendations and recent advice issued by Animal Health Trust (www.aht.org) to to your horse. If possible, separate showing from breeding stock.
This schedule is designed to meet the requirements of show organisations and equestrian regulatory bodies in the UK (e.g. BHS, BHA etc) during the forthcoming showing season and may be stricter than for some.
Please check all show and event schedules carefully for their individual Equine Flu compliance regulations in a timely manner:
- Two injections for primary vaccination, not less than 21 days and not more than 92 days apart, are required before being eligible to compete;
- A first booster injection must be given within seven months ( 150 – 215 days or ideally, for best protection between 150 – 180 days) after the second injection of primary vaccination;
- Subsequent booster injections are strongly recommended and might be required by some regulators at six month intervals and must be given at intervals of not more than one year, commencing after the first booster injection;
- The most recent booster injection should be and might be required to have been administered at least one full week (7 + 1 days) prior to the horse arriving at the Show.
Foals: Please note that foals do not benefit from vaccination before the end of the fifth month. They benefit from maternal protection that drops by the fifth month if they have consumed colostrum from their dams that received a booster within 3 months (ideally 4 weeks) of the anticipated foaling date. Newborn foals must receive colostrum within the first twelve hours of life to benefit from any maternal protection against infections. Foals should commence their primary vaccination course for Equine Influenza at the age of 6 months.
FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT EQUINE FLU
Please read below for some advice based on that given by the BHA and TBA to owners and breeders about Equine flu:
Equine flu is a mainly airborne viral infection that can also be transmitted by direct contact from an infected animal (unwashed hands, dirty clothing, bridles & halters etc). The incubation period until an animal becomes ill is about three to ten days after exposure to the virus.
Symptoms include fever, whitish nasal discharge and dry coughs.
Restricting movement and isolating animals that are introduced onto a farm or stables from the resident population are the best way to prevent the spread of disease. Monitor rectal temperatures of newly arrived animals twice a day for ten days. Keep resident and transient horses apart.
Unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated animals, especially foals and immune compromised animals are most at risk to becoming severely ill. Whilst vaccination does not give full protection boostering immunity by revaccinating horses that were last inoculated more than 6 months previously and pregnant brood mares within 3 months of the anticipated foaling date is recommended.
This is likely to reduce the severity of the clinical disease and offer protection to newborn foals through the mare’s colostrum. Newborn foals must receive colostrum within the first twelve hours of life to benefit from the maternal protection against infections.
Good biosecurity by limiting unessential horse movement, herd/group surveillance and monitoring rectal temperatures twice daily are the best ways to prevent the spread of and identify Equine ‘Flu.
When in doubt call your vet for advice!
We have updated the Suffolk Horse Society Recommendations for Equine Flu for the showing season. Please READ MORE here
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