Adverse events and reporting
Any adverse events that a horse experiences after receiving an influenza vaccination should be reported to the vaccine manufacturer, even if the vaccine has been used off label. This is one of the major ways the manufacturers monitor both the safety and efficacy of their products.
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) also monitors the safety and efficacy of veterinary products in the UK.
Adverse events include:
1. Suspected failure to protect – i.e. a horse that develops signs of influenza when a product is used according to the label.
2. Any reactions, clinical signs or illness that follows injection either on or off label
Adverse reactions can be reported directly to the vaccine manufacturers or to the VMD by filling out the form below. If a horse has received more than one type of vaccine then it is the manufacturer of the last vaccine given that should be reported to.
Contact details for reporting adverse reactions:
Adverse events should be reported on a Yellow Form, which can be found on the VMD website https://www.vmd.defra.gov.uk/adversereactionreporting or downloaded below. More information can be found in the VMD leaflets explaining pharmacovigilance and adverse events by following these links: http://www.vmd.defra.gov.uk/pdf/leaflet_pharmacovigilance.pdf http://www.vmd.defra.gov.uk/pdf/leaflet_AER.pdf.
Yellow forms can also be requested from:
Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Surrey KT15 3BR.
Influenza in Vaccinated Horses
We would particularly like to hear from you if you have a case of influenza in a horse that has been vaccinated on-label. Telephone: 01638 555399 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact details for the vaccine manufacturers:
Elanco producers of Duvaxyn IE
Telephone: 01256 353131 Option 1
Merial Animal Health Ltd producers of ProteqFlu
Telephone: 01279 775858
MSD Animal Health producers of Equilis Prequenza
Telephone: 01908 685685
Zoetis producers of Equip F
Telephone: 0845 3008034