Vaccination Resources

Vaccination Claim Form RDA Vaccine Claim Form 2018  

RDA Free Vaccine Scheme

For a number of years, pharmaceutical companies have supplied free vaccines for RDA Equines ‘who contribute a significant amount of their time doing RDA activities’ The vaccine companies involved have been supplying several hundred doses every year and it is important to ensure that their charity is not abused. Please be aware, it covers the cost of the vaccine only and not the cost of travel services or call out.

 To claim your free vaccine you will need to print out the form relating to the vaccine reimbursement scheme to the right of this page. The form will need to be signed by a Trustee of the group and the Vet who administered the vaccines. The group should keep the original and then send a copy to the relevant participating pharmaceutical company, this will depend on the type of vaccine administered (your Vet will advise if you aren’t sure) The Veterinary practise will then be reimbursed on a quarterly basis.

The vaccine companies who support this scheme are:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd, Ellesfield Avenue, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 8YS
  • MSD Animal Health, Companion Animal Business Unit, Walton Manor, Walton, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK7 7AJ
  • Zoetis UK Ltd, Walton Oaks, Dorking Road, Walton-on-the-Hill, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 7NS

Our vaccination rules are as follows:

  • The horse must receive a primary course of two injections against Equine Influenza
    given no less than 21 days and no more than 92 days apart.
  • Only these first two injections need to be given before the horse may compete.
  • In addition, a FIRST booster injection must be given no less than 150 days and no
    more than 215 days after the second injection of the primary course.
  • Subsequent booster injections must be given at intervals of not more than one year
    apart, commencing after the first booster injection.
  • Horses visiting the RDA National Training Centre must have been vaccinated within the previous twelve months, have a correct primary course and subsequent boosters.
  • None of these injections can be given within the seven days before the day of
    competing or entry into stables at National Championships.
  • ALL horses who are owned by RDA, long term loaned or deemed to qualify for the free vaccine scheme should be vaccinated on annual basis with a recommendation of 6 months where possible.
  • Please see the vaccine policies within the policy page.

See our guide on how to spot if your horses vaccines are correct in their passport.

Flu Vaccine Checker Tool 2019

What is Equine Flu?

Equine Influenza, sometimes referred to as equine flu or horse flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection.

An infected horse will show clinical signs similar to those of human flu and will be infectious for about a week. Tens of thousands of horses can be affected by one outbreak. Although rarely fatal, it can have a huge impact on competition and breeding due to restriction of horse movements.

 Signs of infection

 Unvaccinated horses

In unvaccinated horses we tend to see certain ‘cardinal’ signs. The virus targets the upper respiratory tract where the cough receptors are positioned so a very harsh dry cough is typical. Often horses will develop a raised temperature which will last around 7-10 days, during this time they may be quiet, off their food and generally sluggish, they may also have a small amount of clear or white nasal discharge and enlarged lymph nodes in their throat.

Vaccinated horses

Horses that have been regularly vaccinated often show no clinical signs, but they may still shed enough virus to infect other horses. Horses that have been vaccinated but only have partial protection, e.g. because they haven’t been vaccinated frequently enough or because the vaccine type used was not updated, may show varied signs of mild non-specific respiratory disease. This can include mild lethargy, nasal discharge and possibly a cough. If you suspect your horse has Flu please call your Vet immediately.

For more information on Equine Flu, please feel free to have a look at the presentation slides from an Equine Training Day given by Nathalie Cole, RDA Honorary Vet. You will also find a video of the presentation on our RDA YouTube page.


Page Last Updated: June 3, 2020