Poll: Majority of Readers Use Combo Vaccines

More than 630 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Which type of vaccine do you prefer for your horse?"

results of poll on equine vaccinations

Results were as follows:

  • Combination (protects against more than one disease): 48.26%
  • My veterinarian chooses the vaccine types my horse receives: 37.54%
  • Monovalent (protects against one disease): 11.36%
  • I don't have a preference: 2.84%

Readers shared their preferences in equine vaccines in the comments below.

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  • I usually vaccinate with a Flu-Vac 5 way
  • I prefer to space my vaccinations out over a few weeks
  • Allows us to spread out vaccinations so as not to overwhelm my older horse's immune system
  • vet chooses what he buys, so limited choices.. great vet
  • I hate giving shots so I try to find one that covers the gambet
  • Just give 3 way no West Nile since I almost lost a horse due to the vaccine
  • Vet choose but would prever monovalent due to distance & # of horses vet won't make trips
  • I've had too many sick horses over the years from combination vaccines, it throws their immunity off
  • Vet prefers combination vaccines.
  • I have 4 mares, 2 have severe reactions to some shots.
  • more titers vs vaccines
  • My vet recommends
  • the vet knows what is for our area
  • This way I can tell which vaccine the horse reacts to negatively. I do 2 - 3 week intervals between
  • But not all in one. And West Nike always alone.
  • I use %way plus West Nile
  • My horse has anti-tet and flu jabs every year. He was having these before I bought him, so I continu
  • My vet chooses what is the best for my horses
  • I typically don't use vaccines. When I feel it is necessary I will only administer one at a time.
  • Giving more at one time taxes the immune system too much & you don't know which 1 caused a reaction
  • none
  • Discuss it with the vet but ultimately it is her decision as she has more current information
  • my vet chooses, but he uses combination products
  • I vaccinate for one disease at a time and space a few weeks apart
  • depends on which combo - I also prefer shots to internasel
  • Trust my Vet to make the choice
  • 4-way but NO West Nile. I live in the dessert and control mosquitos by treating the water.
  • Less adjuvant, less reaction in my horse
  • I give most shots needed myself. Try to limit the number of times they get poked.
  • My vet does what he deems best and I've never had any problems.
  • no more than 3 at one time
  • Smaller assualt on horse's system. Wait a week between vaccines.
  • Never a problem with EWT. Give others separate
  • EWT together, others alone
  • This way if your horse has a reaction, you know which vaccine it was, and avoid vaccinosis
  • 4x1 shots
  • I used to do my own, but now because of new protocols I have the vet do them. (rabies now for sure)
  • I cover everything... including strangles, which is so contagious!!!
  • My horse has reactions to vaccine if I give more then 1 at the time
  • EWT and WNile Combo
  • I use both monovalent and combination vaccines.
  • Actually I'd prefer no bvaccines, but to run titers instead.
  • Vet explains what and why the type they use on my horses
  • seldom vaccinate
  • With show and travel exposure, we try to cover as many diseases as possible.
  • EWT twice a year here in steamy Florida. Rabies once a year.
  • If there's a reaction, you can isolate which did it.Adjuvants can be toxic. Spread them out.
  • NONE
  • monovalent and spaced apart. I think I allows a better immune response.
  • prefer combinations as you don't have to give the horse as many total shots, but no more than 2/time
  • Prefer Pfizer/Fort Dodge products as that is what my vet has always used and no problems
  • I split them up: rhino/flu in one shot, sleeping sickness/tetanus in another
  • When I give myself, prefer combination, otherwise up to the vet
  • Prestige V + WNV
  • vaccinations save lives
  • I don't use Fort Dodge and don 't have sore necked horses anymore
  • For horses that have had EPM, we spread out the vaccines one per week.
  • Its hard to not find them in the combination form, unless you have your vet give the shots.
  • preferably not Fort Dodge brand
  • Have bad reactions from combined
  • Since my horse now has suffered a major allergic reaction to unknown causes , care is needed
  • Combo with conditions since I have 2 horses with reactions.
  • Because she is highly reactive to vaccines we administer individually 1 week apart
  • My veterinarian administers my horses vaccines, so I trust his judgement.
  • Administered at 2 week intervals to lessen reactions.

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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