(Also see the AAEP recommendations for immunization)
Q. Why shouldn't I give all my horse's vaccines at the same time?
A. The FluAvert vaccine works differently (and has been clinically proven effective). It is a modified live virus given intranasally twice a year. Its placement on the mucus membranes stimulates immunity locally, where the horse will be exposed to the virus. The intramuscular (IM) vaccine is a killed virus that gives systemic resistance.
Q. Should my horse get the strangles vaccine?
A. Strangles, or Strep equi, is a very contagious bacterium that typically causes respiratory infections and swollen lymph n odes. The vaccine(Pinnacle I.N.) is very effective in decreasing infections and stopping outbreaks. This intranasal vaccine has been safer and much less reactive than the intramuscular type. Due to possible rare immune reactions, it is recommended that blood be drawn for a titer prior to the first vaccine in older horses, or those that may have been exposed to the disease. It is usually a recommended vaccine.
Q. Should my horse get the Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) vaccine?
A. PHF is typically a severe diarrhea caused by protozoa (Ehrlichia). There have been several cases in the area over the fast few years, likely picked up by drinking contaminated water from streams. This very effective vaccine is recommended.