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Baby Rabies Shot
Infant daughter was attacked by neighbors outside cat. It's not vaccinated. Peds refuse to give rabies shot to infant. What should I do? Can't findcat
Rabies shot...: The rabies shot is safe to give in infants. The details of the "attack" are not known to me so I can only assume that the pediatrician does not feel it falls into the risk category where the shots should be given. If you are concerned, contact local health department about the incident (they are likely the ones who would need to administer vaccine anyway - it isn't usually stocked in peds office) ...Read more
Rabies is an infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the U.S. is infected bats. Symptoms of rabies include an initial flu-like illness followed by increasing paralysis, agitation, and confusion. The classic drooling symptom is due to an inability ...Read more
At my babies daycare they found a bat at night. The owners got the bat and killed it. Could they get rabies and give it to my daughter?
Rabies: Bats are one of the most common sources of rabies. If your child got bit by the bat they should be seen by their doctor as soon as possible. If someone at the daycare got bit they also need to seek medical attention but it has only passed person to person with transplants so unless your child got bit directly you don't have to worry about it. ...Read more
Minor pain & redness: The new rabies vaccines is well tolerated. Most don't have any reaction, but some get minor symptoms such as redness, soreness, swelling, headache etc. Very rarely more moderate problems can develop such as hives and joint pain. The vaccine is recommended for children who are traveling to countries where rabies is common or those who have been bitten by a potentially rabid animal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably nothing.: Rabies from domestic pets is very uncommon in most places in the US, including Los Angeles County. And if the dog is friendly the chances of rabies is less. See or call your doc. See http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/rabiesmanual/introduction.htm ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
urgent:Can my flu like illness as a reaction of rabies shot transmit to my 5 month old baby? She has 102 F.please help
Exposure: If you are bitten by an undocumented animal like a stray dog that cannot be caught and observed, or if there is immediate contact with a wild creature, especially bats, foxes, skunks and raccoons. Other creatures can always carry rabies, but these are the most common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rabies prevention: Rabies shots for people (rabies vaccines) are very safe and very very effective. Usually a doctor has to weigh the benefit of a vaccine vs. the very small risk it could present. I only recommend rabies vaccine for when it's actually needed. Good to talk to an expert -- your primary doc should be able to help point you to an ID specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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