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We strongly recommend that all horses, ponies and donkeys are regularly vaccinated against the most common diseases.
Course of 3 injections
2nd vaccination - 21-92 days after (approx 3 weeks to 3 months)
3rd vaccination - 150-215 days after (approx 5 months to 7 months)
This is followed by a yearly booster - no more than 365 days after the previous
Rise in body temperature
Harsh dry cough
Initial clear nasal discharge becoming more pus like over a few days
Loss of appetite
Occasional pneumonia (particularly in foals and yearlings)
Diagnosis and Treatment
The virus is spread into the air by infected horses when they cough.
If flu is suspected, the vet will take nasal swabs and blood samples. You should immediately isolate and rest the horse for at least 6 weeks.
The Jockey Club insist all horses are vaccinated at least annually against equine flu. Horses competing under FEI rules require 6 monthly vaccinations.
British Riding Clubs require the horse to be vaccinated under Jockey Club rules.