Equine Vaccine Recommendations

A standard vaccination program that fits all horses does not exist. Each stable has unique disease risks and horses within each stable may have different disease risks. The following list is Dr. Vanderwekken’s general guideline for vaccinating horses in central Alberta. Please contact us to determine which protocol and which vaccine is right for your horse.

1. Foals from vaccinated mares

  • 5 – way plus West Nile
    • Primary dose at 4 to 6 month old
    • Booster 4 to 6 weeks later
    • Boost the next spring and annually prior to mosquito season

2. Foals from unvaccinated mares

  • 5 – way plus West Nile 
    • Primary dose at 4 to 6 month old
    • Booster 4 to 6 weeks later
    • Boost the next spring and annually prior to mosquito season

3. Unvaccinated adult horse (adjust if under 5 years old or high risk)

  • 3 – way plus West Nile
    • Booster 4 to 6 weeks later
    • Annual vaccine prior to mosquito season

4. Adult horses age 1 to 5 and high risk horses

  • 5 – way plus West Nile
    • Annual vaccine prior to mosquito season

5. Adult horses older than 5 years

  • 3 – way plus West Nile
    • Annual vaccine prior to mosquito season

6. Unvaccinated pregnant mare

  • 5 – way plus West Nile
    • Primary doseBooster 4 to 6 weeks later
    • Boost 4 to 6 weeks prior to foaling

7. Previously Vaccinated pregnant mare

  • 5 – way plus West Nile
    • Boost 4 to 6 weeks prior to foaling

8. Horses at risk for Strangles

  • Initial dose
  • Boost 2 to 3 weeks later
  • Annual booster

9. Injured horses or horse having surgery (Tetanus)

  • Unvaccinated horses
    • Tetanus Antitoxin
  • Vaccinated horses (within 6 months of incident)
    • No vaccine needed
  • Vaccinated horses (longer than 6 months since vaccine)
    • Tetanus Toxoid