Monitoring virus changes
This scheme was set up to monitor genetic and antigenic changes in equine influenza viruses circulating in the UK. It is sponsored by the HBLB and provides free advice and free diagnostic testing for equine influenza to all practices registered with the scheme. It also provides a means for us to communicate rapidly with veterinary practitioners in the face of an outbreak.
The information that we collect from nasal swabs and paired blood samples allows us to compare currently circulating viruses with those used in commercial vaccines. This data is used to determine whether current strain recommendations should be updated or not.
Official recommendations for vaccine strains are made annually by the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health). For more information about current recommendations please click here.
If you would like to register for the scheme, please click here. We will send you a sampling pack & submission forms and you will also receive a newsletter. Our latest newsletter can be downloaded here.