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Tetanus and Equine Influenza

July 2019 

Disease can be a real threat to any horse, pony, donkey or their hybrid and can seriously impact their health and welfare. Vaccinating is one simple step you can take to help safeguard your horse.

horse vaccines being givenVaccines are used to:

  • Reduce the risk of a disease outbreak occurring, such as equine influenza and equine herpes virus
  • Prevent tetanus which can otherwise be potentially fatal
  • Reduce the spread of disease in the event of an outbreak
  • Decrease the severity of illness in affected animals

Vaccinations are available for a number of diseases that affect horses in the UK, including equine influenza. Vaccination against other diseases may only be appropriate for horses that travel overseas. Speak to your vet for guidance.

The principle of vaccinations is to initiate a course of injections followed by booster doses at specific intervals, the frequency of which depends on the type of vaccine and the immunity provided. The cost of routine vaccinations is not covered by veterinary insurance policies.

However, vaccinations are relatively inexpensive given the expense involved in keeping horses and they can save lives as well as avoiding large veterinary bills.

This Tetanus and Equine Influenza vaccinations advice leaflet will tell you all about the two diseases and how much vaccination can help your horse.

Further advice on disease prevention can be found here

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