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    Default Strangles vaccination - booster for first-timers?

    Hello - I am wondering if anyone can tell me if a 2-3 week strangles booster is necessary after the original vaccine (intranasal) in order for it to be effective? My horse received the vaccine for the first time (as far as I know), and I am wondering if he should have the 2-3 week booster or not. I understand that the vaccine isn't a guarantee to protect against strangles and that protection is short lived (3-6 months), but I don't remember any of my horses in the past actually getting a 2-3 booster, even if it was their first time. I asked the vet, but have read mixed reviews. Any information would be appreciated.



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    Also, the horse is young, but not a foal (5 y/o).



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    Last time I used it I had to give a booster, yes. I remember it vividly, it was NOT a fun process. The first one you can catch them off guard, the second time they know it's coming and start tossing the head.
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    That's got to be expensive, how much oil can you press out of a chipmunk?



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    My vet never recomended a booster for strangles.

    We did the vaccinate again in 3 weeks routine when my horse was a young filly... for all of her vaccinations but strangles.



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    I recently bought a horse in Europe and didn't know whether he'd been vaccinated for Strangles before or not. My vet told me he needed a booster 3-4 weeks after the initial dose since it might have been his first time. I'd say do the booster.



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    I was always told that the booster was necessary the first time. So you vaccinate one time, then again 4 to 6 weeks following (I think that is the timing...can't recall exactly), and then only have to do it once a year after that. I'm talking about the intra nasal version, not IM (which I can't remember the protocol on, it has been so long since we used the IM). I've always been doing older horses than the foal you are talking about, so no idea if it is different for the young ones.



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    always boosters for first timers - including foals



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    Thanks all!



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