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    05-01-2013, 10:31 AM

I am a little confused on what are the right vaccines to give my horse for the spring. I would like to set up my own vaccine schedule and administer them my self.... It's way cheaper. In the fall I gave her west Nile and a 5 way ( Encephalomyelitis, Rhino, influenza, Tetnus, Toxoid).

I live in central CA and my mare is coming up on 9 years old.
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    05-01-2013, 10:41 AM
I always vaccinate for Eastern and Western SS, Rhino, Flu, Tetanus, and West Nile. I live in Kansas, so the vet has to administer the Rabies vaccine, which I highly recommend.

Some people vaccinate for strangles, but I choose not to. I would call the vet and ask if there are any other vaccines appropriate for your area.
    05-01-2013, 11:18 AM
The best way is to contact your vet and see what they recommend for your area. There are the basics, but they might suggest other vaccinations based on your location and how much trailering you do.
    05-01-2013, 11:45 AM
Do you do all those annually or every 6 months?
    05-01-2013, 11:53 AM
Most are once a year, but there are some I do twice a year. I live on the other side of the country from you so I can not recommend what would be best. You will need to ask your vet, remember, phone calls are free.
    05-01-2013, 11:55 AM
Agree you need to start with your vet to understand what and what time of year certain conditions are right to pose the greatest risk of infection in your area. There can be differences if you're coastal or inland as well. Some shots are only needed to be boostered once a year while others only offer protection for 2-6 months.

Eastern and Western equine encephalomyelitis and tetanus (toxoid) only need to be administered once a year for the majority of the US (some deep southern regions might benefit from semi annual EWEE) Spring vaccinations are most desirable as the vector for the EE diseases are mosquitoes and you will provide the most protection in the height of the season. WNV is again more prevalent in the summer months and the vaccine is good for about 4-5 months. If you hold off until April/May, you can get through September with only one booster. A waste of $$ to give WN going into winter. Flu is more prevalent in the fall and most are going to offer the best protect for only 6 months. Rhino can be an issue all year depending upon your herd structure, showing and traveling but the vaccine is only good for 2-3 months.

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