I used to give it, but the show barn I took Jemma to doesn't give it to their horses (they do everything else though including West Nile besides the strangles). So my question is how useful is it?
Just because a horse is vaccinated doesnt mean they will never contract the said infection.
Yes, I am thinking about getting it again this year. Again, I'm far from the river, but I go on trail rides with my organization as well as take Jemma to clinics, and who knows what other horses can have (we are only required to show coggins).In MD, I personally would get it. But like I said, tons of people will wait until there is a breakout and then get it. I actually have a creek running through my property that runs into the river so just to be safe, I get it.
Friend of mine horse died because of WNV. From what they told me that was pretty tough death. So personally I give the vaccine (well, my vet does ). But I know lots of people around don't care about PF and WN. :shock:I give mine just yearly. Its always been what was recomended for me, because my horses arent incontact with alot of other horses. But I'll talk to my vet about it when I show again this year.
There have been lots of WNV cases near me, in the summer, which is when my horses are vaccinated. So idk if its worth 2 doses a year.
EEE, WEE, WNV, Tetanus and Rabies vaccines are only recommended once a year. Some areas recommend WNV twice yearly, but that is only in the parts of the country where mosquito season lasts longer than 6 months and even then it's not absolutely necessary. The WNV vaccines (all of them) are proven effective for a full year.Just wondering, do you give other vaccines semi-annual as well? (I mean WN, Rhino, and Flu).
Thanks, Ryle! That's very useful info!EEE, WEE, WNV, Tetanus and Rabies vaccines are only recommended once a year. Some areas recommend WNV twice yearly, but that is only in the parts of the country where mosquito season lasts longer than 6 months and even then it's not absolutely necessary. The WNV vaccines (all of them) are proven effective for a full year.
Flu and Rhino vaccines are a different story. Even the newest flu and rhino vaccines only provide protection for 6 months and the older vaccines are only effective for 3-4 months. So for horses that board, show, trail ride, etc it is recommended to booster these vaccines at least twice a year and as often as 3-4 times a year depending on the brand/type of vaccine used.