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*.
Horses don’t need direct contact with another horse who has flu as the virus can spread through the air at distances of up to 2km**.
Free Vaccine Offer
During the month of April we are running a Stamping on Flu Together Campaign for unvaccinated horses, where you can get the first vaccine free*** as part of your horse’s primary vaccination course.
To take advantage of our free vaccine offer as part of your horse’s primary vaccination course, contact your vet, or the office teams on 01638 663150 (Newmarket clients) or 01462 790221 (Hertfordshire clients). This offer is available from 1st to 30th April 2019.
***Vaccine cost only, visit fee and administration fees still apply. The offer is only open to horses that are over 9 months of age and have not yet been vaccinated against equine influenza or are overdue an annual booster. Vaccination to take place in the offer month. If the vaccine is given during one of our Annual Health Checks, the cost of the vaccine will be deducted from the Annual Health Check package price.
WhatsApp Flu Vaccination Checking Service
Due to the recent flu outbreaks, the guidance on booster vaccinations has now been updated by the governing bodies for racing, the British Equestrian Federation and the individual equestrian disciplines, with a booster either required or recommended at six months instead of twelve months in order to ensure they are eligible to compete all year round (must have had a booster vaccination within six months of the competition/entering the venue). It is your responsibility to check the rules of the relevant governing bodies for the disciplines in which you are competing, and the vaccination requirements at individual show centres and competition venues.
To help horse owners comply with vaccination regulations, Rossdales is offering our clients a new WhatsApp Equine 'Flu Vaccination Checking Service throughout the month of April. Click the link to find out how this works.
* Paillot, R., Rash, N.L., Garrett, D., Prowse-Davis, L., Montesso, F., Cullinane, A., Lemaitre, L., Thibault,J-C., Wittreck, S., Dancer, A. (2016) 'How to Meet the Last OIE Expert Surveillance Panel Recommendations on Equine Influenza (EI) Vaccine Composition: A Review of the Process Required for the Recombinant Canarypox-Based EI Vaccine', Pathogens, 64 (5), pp. 1-13
** Davis, J., Garner, M.G and East, I.J. (2009) ‘Analysis of Local Spread of Equine Influenza in the Park Ridge Region of Queensland’, Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 56, pp. 31-38
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