The vaccine is injected intramuscularly. The primary course consists of 3 doses of 1mL given at intervals of not less than 2 weeks. See literature for full details.
All horses should receive annual booster doses of 1mL.
Foals should receive a primary course of vaccination (3 doses) commencing as soon as possible after the age of 3 months.
Increased protection against strangles may be obtained by administering booster doses more frequently and six-monthly re-vaccination should be considered in circumstances where the risk of strangles is known to be high. It is particularly important that booster doses be given prior to periods of greater risk of infection, such as during the breeding season.
Pregnant mares may be vaccinated up to 2 weeks before foaling.
In an outbreak of strangles, horses should be segregated into 3 groups. Those affected by the disease should be treated and not vaccinated. Horses with no known contact should be vaccinated immediately. Horses known to have been in contact should be observed for 7 to 10 days and vaccinated only if they have normal temperatures and show no clinical signs.
Equivac S is for control only and is of no value in the treatment of strangles.
Side Effects: Localised swelling may occasionally develop at the site of injection. On rare occasions, systemic signs may occur in horses sensitised to S. equi.
Special Precautions: Correct vaccination procedure is important.
Other Information: Store at 2–8°C (refrigerate; do not freeze). Protect from light.
Withholding times: Nil.
Human First Aid, Symptoms Of Poisoning: This material may cause a mild allergic reaction in sensitive individuals on skin contact. If skin or hair contact occurs, remove contaminated clothing and flush skin and hair with running water. If splashed in eyes, wash out immediately with water.
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