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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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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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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