Vaccinations: Readers Do Most in Spring, Not Summer

More than 360 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Does your summer activity level influence your equine influenza vaccination schedule?"

results of poll on summer equine vaccinations

Results were as follows:

  • No, I don't change my vaccination schedule: 83.88% (307)
  • Yes, I vaccinate more often: 8.74% (32)
  • Other: 7.38% (27)

Readers shared their summer vaccination routines in the comments below.

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  • This vaccine is basically useless, so I don't give it at all.
  • The showing schedule factors in too--the "travelers" get more shots.
  • I did more when I traveled more doing endurance.
  • west nile vaccination =yes=
  • With 8 horses it is too hard to keep track if they are all on a different schedule
  • Influenza is administered spring and fall.
  • With a new vax, my "go" horses don't need vax as often!
  • I believe in wholehealth to promote a healthy immune system
  • I don't vaccinate for influenza
  • I vaccinate all consistantly
  • don't vaccinate for flu
  • don't vaccinate for flu at all.
  • twice a year
  • vaccinate close to vet coming out to do Coggins, which is needed for some events
  • I don't vaccinate for Influenza
  • ONLY if I'm out and about with a lot of new horses
  • we vaccinate twice a year unless there is a breakout issue
  • yes of course because u increase their exposure
  • shots i use are once a year shots. i give them in the summer
  • do not vaccinate in the summer
  • if any horses travel they all get flu rhino shots every 2-3 months
  • I am cutting back on vaccinations due to the reactions from the vaccines & the age of my herd.
  • Mine get their shots in April
  • We don't get out much to shows/events, otherwise I would.
  • Always vaccinate for EI. It is spreading around my large barn-might vaccinate three times this year
  • My horses get EVERYTHING in April, & they're good for a year.
  • My schedule takes care of my horses
  • vaccinate only those going to events. The stay at homes don't get flu/rhino.
  • I revaccinate the show horses in the fall if they will cntinue to show into the fall
  • I live next to a boarding/training ranch, vaccinate for fear of exposure.
  • I don't vaccinate for flu
  • Vaccinate more often if I take my horse to an organized tail ride with other horses present
  • I alternate-intranasal in the fall, injection in the spring
  • I do not vaccinate for influenza
  • I always vaccinate in the late spring to be safe
  • I don't ever vaccinate for this one.
  • Yes, I start traveling end of March to the beginning of April, so they are done before we travel
  • I vacc. twice yearly, per my vet.s recomendations
  • I don't vaccinate for influenza, we don't travel much
  • when i am competing and traveling more, i increase vacs..
  • Why would I? No idea what this question means.

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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