All County Equine Services
recommends the following vaccines for adult horses living in our practice
months a horse should have a “5-way” vaccine. Our 5-way includes Tetanus,
Eastern/Western Encephalitis, Influenza, and Rhinopneumonitis. We also recommend
a West Nile Vaccine once a year. (For more information on West Nile Vaccination,
please see the post on the importance of West Nile vaccination
In addition, adult horses should have a Flu/Rhino booster, six
months from the time the 5-way was administered.
Encephalitis and Tetanus are neurological diseases of horses. Eastern
Encephalitis and Tetanus lead to death of the affected horse in the majority of
cases, and Western Encephalitis can be fatal as well (though not as frequently
as in Eastern.) In addition, EEE and WEE can be transmitted to humans! The good
news is that vaccination is very effective in preventing EEE, WEE and Tetanus,
so vaccinate your horse!
Flu and Rhino are respiratory diseases of
horses, usually occurring in those horses kept in an environment where the horse
comes in contact with a number of other horses such as racetracks and boarding
facilities. While Flu and Rhino are less likely to cause death, valuable money
and training time are lost in treating theses diseases. Vaccination offers some
protection against Flu and Rhino, however, the vaccine does need to be given at
least every six months to be effective.
West Nile disease is a
neurological disease of horses, humans and other species that can easily be
prevented by proper vaccination. Please see our post on West Nile vaccination
for more information.