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post #1 of 13 Old 05-26-2013, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Annual Vaccinations

No one jump at me for asking this, please and thank you.

Are annual vaccinations needed? Most other animals and humans have a round of shots than after a certain period of time you have a booster. Be it 3 years or 10 years or never.

I can't find anything on horse vaccinations, on length of effectiveness or anything like a study, only which are recommended. All I see is they all recommend annual shots.
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-26-2013, 10:58 AM
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Horse vaccinations do not last as long as human ones, generally.

Horse Vaccination Basics | Video | TheHorse.com This video explains the basics, and if you search the site for "vaccinations" you will get a lot of information. You should discuss with your vet what vaccines are required in your area.

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The reason they still say every year is because there have been no studies ( as you found out). For cats and dogs, many vets now recommend every 2 or 3 years. We still give a 6 way every spring, but especially in our closed herd, the risk is very low. Everyone just needs to weigh the risks.
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I would think at the very least tetanus vaccination yearly.
If you have a closed herd and the horses are never in contact with others then your risk of exposure to some diseases is limited. But you do need to ask your vet what is recommended.

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My horse is alone so she is a very low risk, but I've always vaccine 5 way.

From want I gather they only recommend annual vaccinations because drug companys and vets don't know how long it lasts. Annual shots just helps the horse make more antibodies yearly, while they may not "need" them(as we don't know how long the antibodies last). Unless they had studies done, or horses could be tested for levels of antibodies/immunity to disease we don't know if we're over vaccinating.

Thanks for the videos I watched the first one, and will look around for more. The website seems interesting.

I guess there is really no answer as of right now.
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My horse is alone so she is a very low risk, but I've always vaccine 5 way.

From want I gather they only recommend annual vaccinations because drug companys and vets don't know how long it lasts. Annual shots just helps the horse make more antibodies yearly, while they may not "need" them(as we don't know how long the antibodies last). Unless they had studies done, or horses could be tested for levels of antibodies/immunity to disease we don't know if we're over vaccinating.

Thanks for the videos I watched the first one, and will look around for more. The website seems interesting.

I guess there is really no answer as of right now.
I consider the yearly vaccs to be cheap insurance. It costs a lot more to treat the diseases than to vaccinate and hopefully prevent them. I don't go over board but I do give what's recommended for my area. I give Flu, Rhino, EWV, Tetanus, Rabies and WNV. Rabies and West Nile are heavily recommended because of heavy mosquito populations and rabid skunks, oppossums and such.

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I will vaccinate. More or less wondering why and hows of horse vaccinations. I mean couldn't they be made to last longer?

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Ditto on Dreamcatcher's post. I vaccinate the 5 way and WNV and they now combine the two so that's one shot for about $40 per horse for major piece of mind. Rabies has to be done by the vet but that's another $18 tops. We've already had one confirmed human death to the WNV in my area so I'm definitely not taking any chances, and when I vaccinated for rabies in early April, we had at least 3 confirmed rabid skunk cases in our county alone for the month of March and that's only what was reported. My vet actually called me and asked if she could come out real quick and do my crew. She didn't even charge me a trip charge, just the 4 shots I needed. That's how serious rabies is around here. Flu is one they say runs out within 6 moths so some recommend another in the fall, but my vet said if you time your vaccinations between March and May, then you're covered for at least the worst months and you can get away with one shot a year. I'm with you though, I wish they lasted longer. :(
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$40 a horse! Wow I pay nearly $90 a vaccine, paying $150 for a farm call and shot.
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$40 a horse! Wow I pay nearly $90 a vaccine, paying $150 for a farm call and shot.
OUCH! I buy my shots by the 10 dose vial.

Innovator 6 - $230
Rabies - $60
WNV - $200

Soooo $490 total, breaks down to about $55/horse if you toss in the cost of a couple alcohol wipes and a couple of 3 syringes/horse.

I'm lucky, here in OK I do not have to have a vet give rabies for my horses. Dogs & cats yes but not the horses. I do all my vaccines myself. I wouldn't have horses if I had to pay what you do!

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