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  Vaccination Schedule for Horses

  (All horses should be vaccinated against tetanus and encephalomyelitis.
   The use of other vaccinations depends on the individual risk of infection.)

Disease

Foals and Weanlings*

Yearlings**

Performance
Horses**

Pleasure Horses**

Broodmares

Notes

Tetanus

1st dose: 6 mos.
2nd dose: 7 mos.
3rd dose: 9 mos.

Yearly

Yearly

Yearly

Yearly, 4-6 weeks before foaling

 

Eastern and Western Equine Encephalo- myelitis or sleeping sickness (EEE and WEE

1st dose: 6 mos.
2nd dose: 7 mos.
3rd dose: 9 mos.

Yearly, in the spring

Yearly, in the spring

Yearly, in the spring

Yearly, in the spring

1

Influenza -
intranasal**

1st dose: 9 mos.
2nd dose: 11 mos.

Every 6 mos.

Every 6 mos.

Every 6 mos. with added boosters 2-4 weeks prior to anticipated exposure

At least every 6 mos. with inject. booster timed 4-6 weeks before foaling

 

Influenza - 
injectable**

1st dose:9 mos.
2nd dose: 10 mos.
3rd dose: 12 mos.

Every 3-4 mos.

Every 3-4 mos.

Every 6 mos. with added boosters 2-4 weeks prior to anticipated exposure

At least every 6 mos. with one booster timed 4-6 weeks before foaling

 

Rhino

pneumonitis (EHV-1, EHV-4)

1st dose: 3-5 mos.
2nd dose: 4-6 mos.
3rd dose: 5-7 mos.
repeat every 3-4 mo

Every 3-4 mos.

Every 3-4 mos.

Optional: every 6 mos., stallions and barren mares - boosters every 6 mos.

EHV-1 during the 5th, 7th and 9th month of pregnancy (3rd month optional)

2

Rabies

1st dose: 6 mos.
2nd dose: 7 mos.
3rd dose: 15 mos.

Yearly

Yearly

Yearly

Yearly, before breeding

3

Strangles - 
intranasal***

1st dose: 1-6 mos.
2nd dose: 2-7 mos.
3rd dose: 3 mos. following the 2nd dose
or 2-4 wks pre-weaning

Every 6 mos.

Optional
every 6 mos.
if risk
is high

Optional every 6 mos. if risk is high

Every 6 mos. with injectable booster timed 4-6 weeks before foaling

4

Strangles  -
injectable***

1st dose: 5-12 wks.
2nd dose: 8-16 wks.
3rd dose: 11-20 wks.
(depending on product)
4th dose: 6-8 mos.

Every 6 mos. 

Optional
every 6 mos.
if risk
is high

Optional every 6 mos. if risk is high

Every 6 mos. with one booster timed 4-6 weeks before foaling

5

 

* Recommendations for foals and weanlings assumes that the mares were regularly vaccinated against specific diseases listed.


** Recommendations for yearlings and older horses assumes the primary series was completed early in life, otherwise follow label directions for primary immunization.


*** For pre-foaling boosters for mares, administer injectable inactivated vaccines rather than modified live intranasal vaccines.

1. Venezuelan Equine Encephalo myelitis (VEE) also recommended for horses in border areas of TX, NM, AZ, CA

2. Vaccination of mares pre-breeding and 4-6 weeks before foaling with EHV-1 and EHV-4 recommended

3. Recommended in areas where wildlife rabies is a problem

4. Recommended when risk of exposure is high

5. Start initiation of primary series before 6 mos. of age if risk of exposure is high.