Reactions to flu jabs

Surbie

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Does anyone else's horse react?

Last year mine had a lump appear about 2-3 weeks after a booster into the base of his neck. He was no different mood or behaviour-wise and the lump disappeared in a few weeks with hot compresses probably making zero difference. I didn't think any more of it.

This year he had the 6 month booster and it went in his chest. Just over 3 weeks later a massive lump's appeared (I thought he'd slumped on a sleepy bee!) and the vet's just been out to drain a large abcess there, which I am now flushing 2x daily with weak iodine solution and praying I don't need the antibiotics. He's insured, but I've been told it probably won't be covered.

Does this happen a lot? Anything you can do?
 

mule

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One of mine got a lump a few years back. It was a reaction to the combined flu and tetanus vaccine. It took months to go down but he didn't need treatment and he hadn't reacted to the vaccine since.
 

Surbie

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Maybe he's just unlucky.

The vet said they'd seen a few this year so I wondered if it was either to do with boosters at 6 months rather than a year, or whatever is being used to carry the vaccine.
 

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Maybe he's just unlucky.

The vet said they'd seen a few this year so I wondered if it was either to do with boosters at 6 months rather than a year, or whatever is being used to carry the vaccine.
It could well be either of these, I don't think we can ever really know. Hopefully the iodine does the trick. It is a good antiseptic.
 
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