Does it matter what time of year I give my horse the West Nile vaccine?

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    09-05-2010, 04:18 PM
Does it matter what time of year I give my horse the West Nile vaccine?

There were a ton of mosquitos this year
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    09-05-2010, 07:25 PM
Our vet was very specific about when it should be given. And it changes yearly. Apparently it has a "most effective" window, so it changes depending on when our mosquito season is most likely to start. I can't remember exactly how long before the season you are supposed to give it though. Should be an easy question for a vet.
    09-05-2010, 07:30 PM
Green Broke
We do fall clinics each year at our barn in October. Mosquitoes were so bad here this year because of a late end to our winter weather.

When the vet first started the vaccination, he recommend everyone get it in the fall, then again six months later in spring, then once a year in the fall.
    09-07-2010, 01:20 AM
I believe I get my horse his west nile shot spring and fall, but my vet said it's more important in the fall cause they are worse in the fall. We had an outbreak down the street from my barn, and one horse was really sick, so I try to stay on top!! It's really scary cause my barn thinks it's ok to have standing water and to let the water troughs get nasty!
    09-07-2010, 01:24 AM
Green Broke
I think it depends on where you live, just ask a local vet. :)
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    09-07-2010, 11:02 AM
It also depends on WHICH Vaccine you are giving...

Fort Dodge is twice yearly

Prevenile is once yearly

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