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Bitten Unvaccinated Dog
If I have been bitten by an unvaccinated dog, the wound could be rabies infective for people around me after 4 hours, even if I washed it with soap?
Dog bite: Rabies is almost invariably fatal, so a dog bite is something to take seriously and address immediately. If the dog has not been vaccinated, the most prudent thing to do is either call your local health department or go to the nearest emergency room. You will need to receive both rabies immunoglobulin and also a Rabies Vaccine series. It is highly unlikely that anyone around you can be infected ...Read more
The first 4 days after being bitten by an unvaccinated dog, could my saliva be infective of rabies to people or animals?
I was bitten by an unvaccinated dog 9 days ago on the leg which drew blood. Is it possible to contract rabies if the dog is still alive right now?
I was bitten by an unvaccinated dog 9 days ago on the leg which drew blood. The dog appears healthy now. Do i need vaccine?
Go to County health?: If the dog is owned by a friend and did not appear to be ill, there is very low likelihood of rabies. But if you were bitten by a wild dog or an unknown one, then you should call the county health department for vaccination recommendations as well as animal control to capture the dog. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If bitten by a dog ;: Wound is minor - wash w soap ; water, apply antibiotic ointment ; cover w bandaid /bandage. Get tetanus shot if you haven’t had one in last 10 years or your don’t know. For more serious wound or possible infection, apply pressure ; obtain urgent care. Per mayo clinic, if last tetanus shot was > 5 years ago ; wound is “deep or dirty”, a booster shot may be recommended. If you are bitten ; >. ...Read more
My kids were playing with an unvaccinated dog in Mexico, even though they weren't bitten by the dog, should I worry about rabies?
No vaccines: If an child does not get vaccines and gets sick then he could give it to other children (even vaccinated ones). No vaccine is 100% effective, some aren't even 90% effective so there is a chance that the vaccine didn't work on your child and if he's exposed to someone with the illness he could get sick. Also some vaccines wear off over time so if it has worn off your child could get sick. ...Read more
Giving them disease: There are illnesses that the initial vaccine can not provide protection if given before a certain age, and some that take 2 or more doses to protect them. Unvaccinated can get,incubate and spread illnesses before they show symptoms.Outbreaks of measles this year in Houston were traced to such a source.Most kids that die from pertussis are ...Read more
100%: Measles used to be a common childhood illness and most children got it and did fine like all illnesses there are some who get a more severe case and have complications which can be life threatening. If you are in poor health or immunocompromised then you are at risk for problems. Healthy people often do fine. Cod liver oil can be very helpful as can some chinese herbs that support the immune syst. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I got lightly scratched by an unvaccinated cat a month ago and the cat is still living with no signs of rabies is it posdible that I got rabies from the scratch?
Unlikely: If the cat is well 1 month after your injury then no. We generally watch questionable animals for 10 days. All the best. ...Read more
Low: Watch the dog for a few days to see if he develops rabies. If he doesn't have obvious rabies within a few days, then he doesn't have rabies and neither will you. If you can't observe the dog's behavior, check with local veterinarians, ask if there has been a recent outbreak of rabies in the area. ...Read more
My unvaccinated kitten had just lightly scratched me But it is from a friends cat who was vaccinated there was notreally any broken skin Is it serious?
Need more info: There is a saying that "if anything can go wrong it will". Please make an appointment with your family physician to look at the area affected to be sure you are OK. There are many many germs on the cat's nails. ...Read more
Could you tell me if vaccines work, how comees an unvaccinated child pose a risk to a vaccinated one?
Immunity: Many very young children are not yet fully immunized. They need the full series of vaccines over the course of a few years. In addition, some vaccines provide herd immunity where other people who are immunized provide some protection to younger people who are not yet completely immunized. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If vaccination protects children from diseases, why can an unvaccinated child infect a vaccinated child?
Vaccines seldom 100%: The protection provided by vaccines can approach 100% in some cases but not all. Infected kids spread their diseases to infants that are too young to be vaccinated, those that have not completed a full vaccine series or those whose immune system fails to have a full benefit from the vaccine.A measles outbreak in houston was traced to air travelers entering from abroad, 1/3 vaccinated, 2/3 not. ...Read more
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