- Jul 31, 2005
Lots of venues around me are cancelling events and closing their doors for the time being. Our vets are today advising boosters as has been publicised.
I don't think the panic is over the number of cases, more the strain and the fact vaccinated horses are getting it. There's talk in one of the racing post articles about suspicions that is it a mutated version. If that were the case it would render current vaccinations less effective at best.
According to the Jeremy Vine show, there were 3 cases reported in 2018 and 8 cases in 2019. So yes, it has gone up in percentage terms but the numbers are all very low. Will be interesting to see how it develops but I can’t help thinking it is a huge panic without much foundation. All the events are cancelled this weekend, I would be gutted but at the moment I can’t take Ben anywhere anyway.
That's pretty much what the trainer quoted in the article says - he says that flu is endemic in the horse population and every trainer probably has two or three. Basically because vaccinated horses don't get very sick, so it's nothing that normally would be worried about.Plenty of horses get a snotty nose for a couple of days and it's probably put down to dusty hay etc. Are they just finding something that has always been there because they are suddenly testing for it?
Mine was off colour when she had hers done.So, if it's a mutated version of the flu which our horses have been vaccinated against is there really any point in a booster? I guess it's a bit belt and braces.
I had an email about it from the BHS yesterday, they said that there were only 2 confirmed cases in the whole of 2018 so if we've had 8 or 9 so far this year that's a huge increase.
Belle was vaccinated in May last year so out of the 6 month protection time frame, I'm undecided if the get the booster for her though as our vets, big equine vets, have said they have had a lot of cases of lammi following flu vaccination recently and to be honest I don't know which is worst for her, the risk of flu or the potential risk of lammi
Yes, by definition that's how a vaccine works, though I'm not sure if flu is a live vaccine.Mine was off colour when she had hers done.
Sore feet, general lethargic, switched off.
I don't know if works to give you the flu virus for the body to fight it off type thing?
I was interested (I know the human flu vaccine isn't live) and found an article on a USA vet site which said that intramuscular injections are usually inactivated, intranasal vaccines are usually live. The interesting thing was that it went on to talk about a live, intranasal, version of the flu vaccine, implying that it offered better protection than the inactive injection. Has anyone heard of this? I've only ever been offered an injection by my vet.Yes, by definition that's how a vaccine works, though I'm not sure if flu is a live vaccine.