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i had a rabies vaccine in 2004 then had a booster in 2005 as i had contact (not bitten) with a rabid animal.would this booster still have validity?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
? validity ?: Your question is not clear.The expected protection of a primary rabies series is at least 2 years, with high risk occupations advised to get antibody titers at that point to see if a booster is needed. Your booster should have benefit and few would ever suggest a full series with that history.

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United Kingdom
A 26-year-old female asked:

WHO protocol says we should get Rabies vaccine after any exposure regardless of interval from last rabies shots,IS IT TRUE?(I had 2boosters 3week ago)

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Define exposure !: The statement is true. but the issue really begins with what is considered a real exposure. Given that there are no "healthy" survivors of rabies, ever, they tend to err on the side of caution. A simple nip from a domestic house kept animal is not the same as that of a wild & known rabid animal. Guidance from the local health office on what exposures count is the issue.

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