EQUINE VACCINATION SCHEDULE

Dr. Fitzpatrick recommends vaccinations be done in the spring, (prior to the insect season if possible) and in the fall, approximately 6 months later. The following is the ideal agenda to be followed:

SPRING
Eastern and Western Encephalomyelitis/Tetanus
West Nile
Potomac Horse Fever
Influenza/Rhinopneumonitis
Rabies

FALL
Potomac Horse Fever
Influenza/Rhinopneumonitis

Vaccinating against Strangles is recommended on farms that have a history of the disease and in high exposure horses, (show horses, race horses, horses in a training barn, etc.)


TETANUS

“Clostridium tetani” – the initial vaccination should be at 5 – 6 months of age(unless mare was not vaccinated thirty days before foaling- then start foal at 2-3 months), a booster should be given 3 – 4 weeks after that, followed by a yearly booster.
*Tetanus vaccination should also be given if your horse is injured and his/ her last Tetanus was given more than three months before injury.


SLEEPING SICKNESS

“Eastern & Western Encephalomyelitis” – the initial vaccination should be given at 5 -6 months of age (unless mare was not vaccinated thirty days before foaling- then sta1t foal at 2-3months), a booster should be given 3-4 weeks after that, followed by a yearly booster before the insect season starts.


POTOMAC HORSE FEVER

“Neorickettsia Risticii” – initial vaccinations should be given at 5 – 6 months of age(unless mare was not vaccinated thirty days before foaling -then start foal at 2-3 months), a booster should be given 3-4 weeks after that, followed by spring and fall boosters.


FLU

“Influenza” – initial vaccination should be at 5 -6 months of age (unless mare was not vaccinated thirty days before foaling -then start foal at 2 -3 months), a booster should be given 3-4 weeks after that, followed by spring and fall boosters.


RHINO

“Rhinopneumonitis” – initial vaccination should be given at 5 – 6 months of age (unless mare was not vaccinated thirty days before foaling- then start foal at 2-3 months), a booster should be given 3 – 4 weeks after the initial, followed by spring and fall boosters. Pregnant mares should be vaccinated with Prodigy,(which is a killed virus), during the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th months of pregnancy.


STRANGLES

“Streptococcus equi” – initial vaccination at 5 -6 months of age (unless mare was not vaccinated thirty days before foaling
-then start foal at 2-3 months), a booster should be given 3 – 4 weeks after that, followed by yearly booster.


WEST NILE

West Nile Virus Vaccine is a killed virus. Initial vaccine at 5-6 months of age, a booster should be given 3-4 weeks after that, followed by a yearly booster preferably before the insect season starts. (If mare was not vaccinated thirty days before foaling, start initial vaccine at 2-3 months followed by a booster 3 – 4 weeks later).


RABIES

“Rabies” – initial vaccination at 5 -6 months of age (unless mare was not vaccinated thirty days before foaling-then start vaccination for foal at 2-3 months of age, and booster one month later), followed by an annual booster.


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