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Equine influenza vaccination as reported by horse owners and factors influencing their decision to vaccinate or not

Daly, J M; Bambra, W; Kendall, N R; Gardner, D S; Brennan, M; Kydd, J H

Authors

J M Daly

W Bambra

N R Kendall

D S Gardner

M Brennan

J H Kydd



Abstract

Background: Equine influenza virus is a highly contagious respiratory pathogen that causes pyrexia, anorexia, lethargy and coughing in immunologically naïve horses. Vaccines against equine influenza are available and vaccination is 20 mandatory for horses that participate in affiliated competitions, but this group forms a small proportion of the total horse population. The aims of this study were to: i) identify the equine influenza vaccination rate as reported in 2016 by horse owners in the United Kingdom (UK); ii) examine the demographics of owners and horses which were associated with significantly lower influenza vaccination rates and iii) explore factors that influence horse owners’ decisions around influenza vaccine uptake. Results: Responses from 4,837 UK horse owners who were responsible for 10,501 27 horses were analysed. An overall equine influenza vaccination rate of 80% (8385/10501) was reported. Several owner demographic characteristics were associated with significantly lower (p

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2020
Journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Print ISSN 0167-5877
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 180
Article Number 105011
APA6 Citation Daly, J. M., Bambra, W., Kendall, N. R., Gardner, D. S., Brennan, M., & Kydd, J. H. (2020). Equine influenza vaccination as reported by horse owners and factors influencing their decision to vaccinate or not. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 180, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2020.105011
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2020.105011
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167587719307494?via%3Dihub
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