Just thought I would do a poll to quickly ask what people use for the WNV vaccination. Do you use the stand alone or it as a combo? I have done the Fluvac 5 way vaccination in the past and then a week or so later the WNV separately. The vet I am using this year has a WNV + EWT combo that she recommends. What does everyone feel here, that it is o.k. to use as a combo or should I continue to give it alone? Thanks!
I do the Vetera EWT+WNW and the Calvenza EIV/EHV. Typically our vet comes through and does both vaccines on the same day. I would prefer separating the two vaccines, but that would incur considerably more expense and, so far, I haven't seen any significant side effects from two vaccines on one day. However, I typically don't ride day of, or day after the vaccines just to be safe and not tax my horse's system.
My gelding has had two severe reactions to vaccinations in the 8 years I have owned him. The last was in 2009, in the spring. It was clear that the protocol we had followed the four years previous wasn't as successful as we had thought.
So up until this spring, the WVV vaccination was the ONLY one he got. The first year we gave it (2006) he needed a booster a couple of weeks after the initial vaccination. Since then he gets one in the spring and one in the fall.
Since I moved barns last fall, I no longer felt comfortable with such a minimal approach. There are horses coming and going for training and lessons daily where we are at now. So he needed full protection. Plus, I might want to attend some schooling shows this year.
Anyway, we did the 5-way (with bute started the day before and bute continued daily for another three days), and then two weeks later he had the WNV and strangles.
Thanks everyone for the input. Of you that use the combos and are vaccinating for the first time (I just got a new horse that is now a yearling) do you do a combo and then booster 3/4 weeks late with another combor? Or when you do the booster is it just a single shot of WNV? Thanks!