Routine vaccination of horses is an essential part of preventative healthcare. By maintaining a high level of vaccinated horses in the UK equine population we have prevented multiple disease outbreaks and reduced the risk of infectious disease to each individual horse.


The diseases we vaccinate against are potentially life threatening. Tetanus is a disease that is caused by a bacterium called Clostridium tetani, this is found in the soil. The bacteria often enters via wounds and then produces toxins that interfere with muscle contractions, resulting in the typical symptoms of muscle spasm, difficulty eating and often a high stiff tail carriage. Tetanus vaccination offers extremely good protection, and is often given in combination with the equine influenza vaccine.


Equine influenza is a virus that results in serious respiratory infection and can spread rapidly within and between groups of horses. There is regular alteration to the virus due to natural modulation therefore use of current and recently updated vaccine strains is recommended. Equine influenza vaccination reduces clinical signs of flu and reduces viral spread between horses. Horses can be vaccinated from 6 months of age with the protocol described below. Annual ‘booster’ vaccinations are then required every 12 months, or 6 monthly for FEI competition.


Vaccination Protocol


1st Vaccination Day  0 Influenza & Tetanus
2nd Vaccination 21-92 days following 1st vaccination Influenza & Tetanus
3rd Vaccination 150-215 days following 2nd vaccination Influenza & Tetanus