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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rabies (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the United States 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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How long rabies vaccine protects me? Got my 1 dose yesterday what if I got bitten again? Do I need to get shots again? No immune because got it alread

Confusing question: If you have completed a primary series of the rabies vaccine it should provide protection for 2 years from the date of completion. Some will benefit for longer, but those in high risk situations are advised to have blod tests after 2 years to see if a booster is needed. ...Read more

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For how many months does 3 shots of anti-rabies gives protection?

24 months: The preexposure immunization consisting of three doses provides protection for at least 2 years. ...Read more

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If I get the rabies shot will it protect against a previous exposure to it or will I have to get the series of shots?

Get the series: The Rabies Vaccine can be given in anticipation of spending time in an area which is high-risk for exposure, such as living abroad. However, if you are exposed to rabies you must get the full series of vaccines regardless of prior vaccine status. ...Read more

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Post exposure rabies series unfinished after 3 rv shots due to animal being cleared and sent home. Am I still protected like pre exposure 3 shots?

Yes: The vaccine used in pre and post exposure prophylaxis for rabies are the same. The main difference is the timing and the pre-exposure vaccine is slightly less than the post-exposure vaccine. ...Read more

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How long rabies vaccines protect us?

Good for 2 years.: It is good for 2 years after 3 dosages series.
Booster is recommended in only high risk patients. ...Read more

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Got 1st shot for rabies exposure/bat. I get second shot tmrw. Went out near where bats are living & came back w/scratch on arm. Am I already protected?

Got 1st shot for rabies exposure/bat. I get second shot tmrw. Went out near where bats are living & came back w/scratch on arm. Am I already protected?

Complete the series: You are in the process of becoming protected. You need to continue the series and complete all recommended injections. You do not have to start over. Once you finish you will have ongoing protection for up to 2 yrs. ...Read more

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My rabies antibody titre is >2.0 iu/ml as of 8th dec 2012. For how long will I be protected even in spite of a rabid bite without taking any boosters?

My rabies antibody titre is >2.0 iu/ml as of 8th dec 2012. For how long will I be protected even in spite of a rabid bite without taking any boosters?

Sure: You literally can be allergic to anything, including any vaccine. A vaccine, like any medicine, is capable of causing serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of a vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. Serious problems from Rabies Vaccine are very rare. Several brands of Rabies Vaccine are available in the United States, and reactions may vary. ...Read more

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From india lastdose of verorab taken in apr2013 and test in aug2013 titre 7 iu/ml. How long protected against suspected rabies exposure without booster

Depends: It depends what kind of rabies immunization you received in april. If it was given very soon after being exposed you should be ok bu if you were exposed to possible rabies again in august you will need new immunization within 3 days of exposure. ...Read more

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I am an indian and my rabies antibodies titre value was 7 iu/ml in aug 2013.For how long will I be protected without booster, last one taken in apr2013

Rabies: Unless you're in a situation where you can be bitten regularly it's better to wait till you are bitten. If you are bitten the safest way is to repeat your titers. If you have been bitten now you probably still have good titers but when you play russian roulette you probably have an empty cylinder...If you know what I mean. ...Read more

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How long after getting rabies vaccine after exposure will it completely prevent disease? My question is referring to after the very first shot.

Rabies prevention: For a 'real' exposure, immediate protection is usually given in the form of rabies immune globulin. I wonder if you were given that? The rabies vaccine series takes 14 days to administer the 4 shots (5 if the body is weak). After the first shot, you body will start its 'homework' but it's going to be at least 10 days after that before you're immune system is fully operational vs. Rabies. ...Read more

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How many hours anti rabies vaccine create protection period after taken shots of vaccine? If exposure again

Days: If all vaccines were taken you mY have been producing antibodies on your own against it. But remember rabies is produced by a virus and no vaccine is 100% effective at the most MSY get to 70-90%. There are some people that may need re vaccination to produce antibodies. Good Luck. ...Read more

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4 doses of anti rabies vaccine protection period in days of exposure again? Then again take the shots of vaccine?

4 doses of anti rabies vaccine protection period in days of exposure again? Then again take the shots of vaccine?

Difficult question: Depends on type of rexposure, was it bite? Is the animal around? So it can be kept under observation for the 10 dayy period, is the animal vaccinated? At any rate the vaccine won't work except after at least 3 - 4 weeks from the last dose, given your case: get the antirabies immunoglobulin, restart the schedule, excercise caution, check this site http://www. Who. Int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs099/en/ ...Read more

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How long does rabies vaccine protects you? I got 3 vaccine and 1 booster (getting another.) what if I got bitten again this month, Do I need it again

Rabies vax: The duration of immunity for humans given two injection vaccination course was found to be between two to three years. With a booster dose, 98% of immunocompetent people still have immunity at 10 years. ...Read more

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I'm between 4th and 5th rabies vaccination in shot series. Given HRIG 22 days ago for PEP for potential bat bite. I was walking few nights ago and bat flew into my head. Am I protected from this 2nd exposure or do I need to start vaccination over?

I'm between 4th and 5th rabies vaccination in shot series. Given HRIG 22 days ago for PEP for potential bat bite. I was walking few nights ago and bat flew into my head. Am I protected from this 2nd exposure or do I need to start vaccination over?

You are protected: And do not need to start over. Many factors support this: 1) the CDC website says you only need 4 doses of vaccine after exposure, the first being given the same time as the rabies immune globulin. 2) you recently had HRIG. 3) you don't even know if the bat who "flew into my head" bit you. No worries. .. you are protected. Stay well:) ...Read more

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Revived rabies immune globulin one week ago. Did first 3 shots of vaccine. Am I protected or do I need another immune globulin for new exposure?

Revived rabies immune globulin one week ago. Did first 3 shots of vaccine. Am I protected or do I need another immune globulin for new exposure?

Confused: The primary series varies with need. If done before exposure, 3 shots of the vaccine is routine. After exposure, globulin and 4 doses of the vaccine, on days 0, 3, 7 & 14 are the usual protocol. After completion of the series patients can be tested for antibody conversion. The primary series is expected to give 2 years worth of protection from point of completion. ...Read more

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Received rabies immune globulin & 3 rabies vaccines. 4th shot is in 4 days. Just had another possible bat bite. Do I need to go to ER or am I protected?

Your on your way: You are in the process of becoming protected. I would call the local health department to check on the frequency of local rabies activity before adding to what you have. The primary series is expected to yield 2 years of ongoing protection from the point of completion. ...Read more

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My cat bit me, could I get infected by a rabies if my cat didn't have shots?

My cat bit me, could I get infected by a rabies if my cat didn't have shots?

Depends: Did you provoke the cat? If so, and the area of your town/city has no known rabid animals over the past year, then it's unlikely. However, get the cat to the vet for his vaccine; the cat may need to be quarantined for a few days, to ensure it doesn't have rabies- though inconvenient, it is more humane than cat euthanasia followed by brain biopsies to check for rabies. ...Read more

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Bitten by a bat, washed wound but not immediately. I got all the post-exposure shots, but can I still get rabies bc I didn't wash it right away?

Bitten by a bat, washed wound but not immediately. I got all the post-exposure shots, but can I still get rabies bc I didn't wash it right away?

Glad you're immune: Even the anti-immunization people get immunized when they're bitten by bats. These bites are extremely dangerous and washing them won't protected you even if you do it immediately. The post-exposure shots are very effective and you should be fine. I went through the series a few years ago myself. You made the right choice. ...Read more

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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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How long does it take for rabies to manifest?

See below: Historically, the incubation period is from 3-7 weeks but it has been reported from 10 days to 7 years. Nevertheless, once the infection sets in, the disease has been almost always fatal. If you suspect it at all, seek immediate medical care! ...Read more

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How long can rabies survive on surface areas?

Not very long: Rabies is spread from one mammal to another. Like many viruses it dies rapidly off its host as body heat is lost. This is a pretty good article that may help answer more of your concerns.

http://www. Tarakharper. Com/v_rabies. Htm ...Read more