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Kamla Utz
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Username: Kamla

Post Number: 5
Registered: 4-2002
Posted on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2004 - 10:46 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My current annual vaccinations consist of Eastern and Western Enceph, Tetanus, Flu, Rhino and West Nile given in the form of a 5 way + West Nile with boosters of Flu/Rhino as needed when showing. Is using a 5 way vaccine as effective as splitting yearly vaccinations into 2 or three different shots?
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 11271
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Wednesday, Sep 29, 2004 - 7:50 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

The intranasal flu vaccine is considered more effective than the injection. Otherwise the combination shots are thought to be effective, though no real studies comparing efficacy are easily found.
DrO
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John Hoiland
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Username: Lkb5472

Post Number: 1
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Monday, Jun 6, 2005 - 12:53 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I've heard that there is a new combination vaccine available that adds WNV to a 5-way - EWT + F/R + WNV - but I can't seem to find it available anywhere, can't even find out who manufactures it. Can anyone tell me anything more about it? Thanks, Lisa
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 13065
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Monday, Jun 6, 2005 - 8:38 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

We use the 3 way combination (EWT) with WNV. I think since its use I have seen a slight increase in reaction rates (out of hundreds) but we vaccinated our 10 and with no noticable reactions.

Let me correct one thing that you wrote John, the 5 way is the 3 way with 2 types of influenza not rhino (R) as implied in your post. I always thought if a bit of a cheat to call it a 5 way but it is traditional. We don't use such a combination because if you should be getting flu you should be getting rhino and better in horses at high risk is the intranasal flu. Just to complicate things, just reported is that the MLV EHV-1 MLV vaccine may be protective against the neuro-form of EHV-1. If all this seems confusing you are exactly right. We are trying to sift through the data for firm recommendations here. Stay Tuned.
DrO
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Bonnie
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Username: Cutting

Post Number: 2
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Tuesday, Jun 7, 2005 - 7:55 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

DrO,
So what is the lay term for the annual that I use that has: Tetanus (lockjaw), EEE (Eastern Sleeping Sickness), WEE (Western Sleeping Sickness), Influenza, Rhinopneumonitis EHV-1 and EHV-4 (equine herpes virus)?

Also, do we have a clue if the neuro form of EHV-1 will have the same potential for abortion in mares and what the effect of using MLV on bred mares might be?

Bonnie
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 13073
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Tuesday, Jun 7, 2005 - 9:53 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

That would be a 7 way Bonnie (2 forms of influenza and 2 herpes vaccines). I am not aware of any reason not to think that a EHV-1 virus that has been associated with the neuro form would not also cause abortion. I am currently researching the Merial claim of use during pregnancy and will post it when I find a few answers to the questions that I have.
DrO
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Abby Dawkins
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Username: adawkins

Post Number: 1
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Monday, Apr 6, 2009 - 2:56 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dr.
I am transporting my 23 yo from KY to CA this June. He usually gets the 5 way. Is there any other vaccine that you would add for his trip/new home. I was going to add strangles.

Many tanks
Abby
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: dro

Post Number: 22710
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 - 9:22 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Welcome Abby,
The decision to vaccinate is based on a risk vs benefit assessment that involves many factors to which we are not privy. To help you understand the vaccines available and what the risks and benefits are back up one page (use the navigation bar at the top of this page) and study the article on "Overview of Vaccination". You also need to call ahead to where you are going to learn what diseases are endemic to the area. Using this information you can figure out what is logical.

If after reading the article, you have questions you should start your own discussion rather than posting in someone else's discussion. This will get you quicker and more responses and helps keep Horseadvice organized. You will find the button for this at the bottom of the article page under the list of the preexisting list of discussions.
DrO
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