There has been an increasing number of equine influenza cases in the UK in recent months, some of which have affected TB racing yards – race meetings have now been cancelled by the BHA. The BEF are closely monitoring the situation but at the time of this post (08.02.19) is not recommending the cancellation of other equine events at present – this will be under constant review.
The H3N8 Florida Clade 1 influenza virus strain appears to be the recent strain involved in the UK. Not all UK equine ‘flu vaccine brands contain this strain but Kings Bounty have been using a vaccine brand containing this strain for the last 9 years (Proteq-flu).
No vaccine is ever 100% protective but it can minimise the severity of disease should a horse be infected. A horse’s immunity will lower towards the end of the period when the next booster is due and so, following guidelines received from the Animal Health Trust, we are recommending that horses who have not received a booster in the last 6 months, are given a vaccination as soon as possible.
Please contact the practice if you have any more concerns or would like to book in a vaccination. Please visit our Facebook page for posts / links to help you recognise signs/symptoms and for biosecurity tips.