Appendix 8

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Information on vaccines available (at the time of review, November 2018) in the UK and relevant to the HBLB Codes of Practice

Brand Name Manufacturer Licensed
Equip Artervac*        Zoetis For the active immunisation of horses and ponies against equine arteritis virus (EAV) in order to reduce clinical signs and shedding of virus in bodily secretions after infection
Equip EHV-1,4 Zoetis For active immunisation of horses to reduce clinical respiratory signs due to infection with EHV-1 and EHV-4 and to reduce abortion caused by EHV-1 infection.

Veterinary advice should be sought on the choice, timing and administration of any vaccine.

*Veterinary surgeons and horse owners should be aware that the current datasheet requirement for the only inactivated EAV vaccine currently licensed for use in Europe (Equip Artervac) is for six monthly boosters and not 12 monthly (annual) boosters as was originally the case for this vaccine. This has been the requirement since April 2005, when the vaccine was granted a full market authorisation by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) in the UK. Non- compliance with this booster interval requirement may necessitate investigation of the viral shedding status of stallions by Defra/APHA under the Equine Viral Arteritis Order 1995.

Zoetis advise that supplies of their Equip EHV-1,4 have now returned to normal. They have also advised, at the time of 'going to press', that supplies of their next batch of Equip Artervac will be delayed until February 2019 and their currently available batch (which is in plentiful supply) will 'expire' on 13 December 2018. In view of this, TBA have advised their members to discuss with their attending veterinary surgeons to booster vaccinate their stallions prior to 13 December 2018, to make sure that they do not 'lapse'. 

Vaccination is recommended as one means of aiding the prevention of disease. The listing of vaccines above is for information purposes only and does not imply endorsement of the products by the HBLB, its Veterinary Advisory Committee or Sub-Committees. The information given is accurate at the time of printing.