Equine Flu

Equine Influenza (horse flu) is a highly infectious disease in which the affected animal will have several symptoms including a high fever and a dry cough.

Symptoms include:

  • a high temperature of 39-41deg C (103-106deg F), lasting for one to five days.
  • a cough that may linger for several weeks.
  • a clear nasal discharge that may turn green or yellow as secondary infections develops.

Vaccination

Vaccination is necessary to prevent the disease. There are a number of vaccines available, with a tetanus vaccine included in some. The vaccine has to be repeated after approx one month, six months and then every twelve months. If any of the vaccinations are missed the process must begin again. So it is very important to keep vaccinations up to date.

Horses should not be worked hard for at least two days after vaccination.