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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:53

Equine Flu Vaccine Amnesty March and April 2016

2015 was a bad year for horse flu - equine influenza - which was prevalent all over the UK. We even had an outbreak in Cheshire.

We will be running our annual vaccine amnesty throughout March and April this year. Improved monitoring and the offer of free testing has meant that there have been over 15 recorded flu outbreaks across the country including Shropshire and locally in Cheshire. It is as important as ever to keep your vaccines up to date, even if your horse doesn’t leave the yard. If they mix with horses that do then they are at risk of contracting flu and their lack of vaccine protection makes it more likely they will get sick. For more information on equine influenza take a look at the website from the Animal Health Trust: www.equiflunet.org.uk

Most competitions follow jockey club rules regarding equine influenza vaccine. This means you must have a primary course consisting of: first vaccination then a second vaccine 21-92 days later. Your first booster must be at 150-215 days, then <365 days thereafter. We aim to send out reminders for your boosters, most recently by text message, however these should not be solely relied upon. We understand life is busy and sometimes vaccines get missed, which if you are competing requires a restart.

During the amnesty we offer both first and second vaccination for a set fee of £55, thus if you combine this with a zone visit, it drastically reduces the cost of restarting. Check your passports and if this will help you, then phone the office to book your first vaccination in March or April and cut out the voucher opposite.

Have your horse’s vaccines lapsed?

Worried about the cost of restarting?

Throughout February we will be running a vaccine amnesty where you can get the first 2 vaccines of a course for £55 including VAT.

Restarts can either be carried out on a free zone visit or booked in normal time when a standard visit fee will apply.

There were several outbreaks of equine influenza in the UK this year, most locally in Cheshire, and so maintaining your horse’s influenza vaccinations is as important as ever.

Contact the office on 08458 330034 to book your appointment then present this coupon along with payment to the vet at the first vaccination.