Glastonbury CT Vet

Equine Vaccination Guidelines

(Based on American Association of Equine Practioners (AAEP) Recommendations)

CORE Vaccinations – protect against diseases that are endemic to a region, highly contagious, pose a risk of severe disease, have public health significance, and /or are required by law.

  • Tetanus: Initially given in a 3 dose series starting at 4-6 months of age with a booster given 4 weeks after the initial vaccination and another booster given between 10-12 months of age. Adult horses that have never been vaccinated require a 2 dose series with the booster given 4 weeks after the initial vaccination. Annual revaccination is recommended.
  • Eastern/Western Encephalomyelitis (EEE/WEE): See above as these diseases are commonly combined in a single vaccination with tetanus.
  • West Nile Virus (WNV): See above as this disease is commonly combined in a single vaccination with tetanus and EEE/WEE.
  • Rabies: In foals, an initial 2 dose series is recommended with the first dose given at 6 months of age and a booster given 4 weeks later. Adults may be given a single vaccination with no booster needed. Annual revaccination is recommended.

Risk Based Vaccinations – are selected for use based on risk assessment performed by, or in consultation with, a licensed veterinarian.

  • Equine Herpes Virus (EHV): : Initially given in a 3 dose series starting at 6 months of age with a booster given 4 weeks after the initial vaccination and another booster given between 10-12 months of age. Adult horses that have never been vaccinated require a 2 dose series with the booster given 4-6 weeks after the initial vaccination. Bi-Annual revaccination is recommended.
  • Influenza: Initially given in a 3 dose series starting at 6 months of age with a booster given 3-4 weeks after the initial vaccination and another booster given between 10-12 months of age. Adult horses that have never been vaccinated require a 2 dose series with boosters given 4-6 weeks after the initial vaccination. Bi-Annual revaccination (every 6 months) is recommended.
  • Potomac Horse Fever (PHF): Initial vaccination given in a 2 dose series at 5 months of age with a booster given 3-4 weeks later. Annual booster recommended.
  • Strangles (Streptococcus equi): Initially given in a 3 dose series starting at 6-9 months of age with a booster given 3-4 weeks after the initial vaccination and another booster given between 11-12 months of age. Adult horses that have never been vaccinated require a 2 dose series with the booster given 3-4 weeks after the initial vaccination. Annual revaccination is recommended.

 

Other vaccinations that are not commonly given in this area of the country, but may be required based on travel can include:
Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA), Botulism, Rotavirus, Anthrax

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