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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

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

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Rabies (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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My baby had to have a rabies shot; what reactions should I look for?

My baby had to have a rabies shot; what reactions should I look for?

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 more

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What will happen if a dog with a lapsed Rabies shot licks my baby in the mouth?

What will happen if a dog with a lapsed Rabies shot licks my baby in the mouth?

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 more

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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

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

No: Maybe your flu like illness is not really a reaction to your rabies vaccine and in fact you have a viral syndrome. But your 5 month old baby does need to be evaluated for the 102 fever. Good Luck ...Read more

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When should I get a rabies shot?

When should I get a rabies shot?

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 more

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How good is an anti rabies shot?

How good is an anti rabies shot?

Very effective : When given with anti rabies immune globulin, efficacy of Rabies Vaccine is very high. ...Read more

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I have a question abut rabies shots in people?

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 more

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