EQUINE INFLUENZA UPDATE – Tuesday, 26th February 2019



The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) is today issuing a further update on the measures introduced as a result of the equine influenza outbreak.


The Irish Equine Centre has advised the IHRB that the enhanced vaccination approach remains appropriate in the face of this outbreak.


For these enhanced measures to work effectively Trainers are strongly advised to vaccinate all horses including non-racehorses under their care immediately.


In addition, requirements for runners on the racecourse and at point-to-pointsare as follows:











Commenting on the updated requirements, IHRB Chief Executive, Denis Egan said that “we have amended our vaccination requirements to give clarity to Trainers with regard to the criteria that must be met for the coming months. Today’s announcement also confirms that any horse vaccinated on or after 18thJanuary 2019 with the correct vaccination will not need to be revaccinated with another emergency booster vaccination”. Denis Egan thanked the Trainers for their response and noted the very high levels of compliance with the enhanced requirements on the racecourse.


For further information, please contact:

Denis Egan, Chief Executive

Phone: +353 45445600                                                                                 


Date: 26thFebruary 2019



Editor’s Note:



  1. Trainers and handlers who have concerns or questions in relation to equine influenza should contact,

Dr. Lynn Hillyer, Chief Veterinary Officer IHRBon+353 87 1925 366 and/or the IEC on +353 (0)45 866266 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.