AAEP Guidelines for the Vaccination of Foals
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) vaccination protocols are determined on the vaccination status of the mare and type of vaccine administered. For most antigens the AAEP guidelines recommend starting vaccination protocols from 4-6 months of age.1 In accordance with the AAEP guidelines, core vaccinations for foals include Eastern and Western equine encephalomyelitis, West Nile, tetanus and rabies. And if your horses travel to shows, racetracks or other locations where they might be exposed to other horses, you should consider risk-based vaccines for protection against equine herpesvirus Types 1 and 4, as well equine influenza virus.
West Nile - A widespread mosquito-borne, neurological disease that can kill approximately one in three clinically affected horses.2
Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE) - A mosquito-borne disease that can kill 75 to 90 percent of affected horses.3
Western Equine Encephalomyelitis (WEE) -Another potentially fatal, mosquito-borne disease found primarily west of the Mississippi River.3
Tetanus - An often-fatal disease caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetani that is found in soil and feces.
Rabies - An invariably fatal neurological disease caused by the bite of infected animal.
Equine influenza - A highly contagious respiratory disease that can cause fever, coughing and nasal discharge.
Equine herpesvirus (EHV) - Also known as rhinopneumonitis, EHV type 1 and EHV type 4 can cause fever, lethargy, nasal discharge and cough.
- AAEP Guidelines for vaccination of Horses. Available at http://www.aaep.org/vaccination_guidelines.htm Accessed April 25, 2013.
- Schuler, LA., et al. Evaluation of an outbreak of West Nile virus infection in horses: 569 cases (2002). J AM Vet Med Assoc. 2004 Oct 1;225(7):1084-9.
- Sellnow, L. Encephalitis: Many Causes, Deadly Outcome. The Horse, July 1, 2004; article #1516. Available at: http://www.thehorse.com/Print.aspx?ID=1516. Accessed April 25, 2013.
- Data on file, Study Report No. 10RGEQBIO01, Zoetis Inc.
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