To highlight the importance of having horse's vaccinated against equine Influenza we thought we would share with you the 2015 review from the Animal Health Trust.
The Animal Health Trust run the equine influenza surveillance scheme and report that in 2015 between March and December they diagnosed 25 outbreaks in the UK. Regions effected were North Yorkshire, Scottish Borders, Leicestershire, Dorset, Glamorganshire, South Lanarkshire, West midlands, Lanarkshire, Tyne & wear, Lancashire, Norfolk, Kent, East Sussex, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Cleveland and Northamptonshire.
ALL OF THIS DIAGNOSED CASES WERE IN HORSES THAT WERE UNVACCINATED OR HAD A LAPSED VACCINATION HISTORY.
This just highlights how important it is to have your horse vaccinated and to keep up to date with boosters. The AHT also noted how horse movement continued to be an important factor, horses that travel, new arrivals and showing.
Also worth remembering is that this review is just from those horses which the AHT included in their surveillance scheme. There will have been a lot of other horses that have gone undiagnosed as they either recovered without veterinary care, or they did not get swabbed and sent for testing.