If your horse travels to shows or meets up with other horses with any frequency it is a good idea to have them vaccinated against equine influenza. Equine flu is a virus that is constantly changing and adapting. As a result, flu vaccines are always being updated to include the latest strains of the virus. Frequent boosters are required to maintain immunity.
Equine flu has similar symptoms to the human flu:
- High fevers
- Watery nasal discharge and cough
Humans can spread the virus by touching a sick horse and then touching another horse through hands or even clothing and equipment.
The vaccination consists of 3 courses and horses are considered safe within 7 days of the second vaccine dose. A booster is needed within 1 year of vaccination. Otherwise a whole new course will need to be re-started.
For more on equine vaccination visit: http://www.fluavert.com/pdf/FluAvert_Vaccination_Brochure.pdf
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