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When there is a known incident, how can I prevent anthrax exposure from cross-contaminated mail?

When there is a known incident, how can I prevent anthrax exposure from cross-contaminated mail?

Autoclave the mail: You worrying about an eventuality that is less likely to happen than you getting struck by lightening, so to speak. However, if you are paranoid, you could get your mail autoclaved. ...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

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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Can the Hepatitis B vaccine alone (first shot for an unvaccinated person), given 48 hours post-exposure, prevent infection?

Can the Hepatitis B vaccine alone (first shot for an unvaccinated person), given 48 hours post-exposure, prevent infection?

Not likely: If you have been definitively exposed to Hep B then will need HBIG/hep B immune globulin as well as the hep B vaccine. The immune globulin will act like a sponge and soak up any hep B virus present currently in your body. The hep B vaccine then stimulates your body to produce antibodies, which will then attach to and disable the viral particles. This process takes 2-4 weeks to make antibodies. ...Read more

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Would getting the rabies vaccine 9 months after exposure provide protection from the virus?

Would getting the rabies vaccine 9 months after exposure provide protection from the virus?

Don't count on it: Although this virus may move slowly in some rare reports, the best protection is gained if given within two weeks of exposure.If you wait 9 months you are likely not treating the initial event, but providing protection for future exposures. ...Read more

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Anti rabies vaccine how long work in years if exposure again?

Anti rabies vaccine how long work in years if exposure again?

Two: Once you have completed the primary series the protective benefit is expected to last two years.It may last longer, but those working in fields that have a high exposure risk are encouraged to have their antibody levels checked and get a booster at two years if needed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the most recent universal precautions against bloodborne illnesses?

Can you tell me about the most recent universal precautions against bloodborne illnesses?

Body fluid avoidance: Universal precautions refers to the steps taken to avoid exposure to potentially infectious or contagious body fluids. This usually includes latex (or similar) gloves, eye protection or a face shield, a mask, and a disposable gown. These personal protective devices (PPD) are used in the appropriate situations, with latex gloves almost always being utilized. ...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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I thought the rabies vaccine at least provided 2 years worth of immunity to future exposures?

I thought the rabies vaccine at least provided 2 years worth of immunity to future exposures?

About correct: According to experts : the duration of immunity afforded to humans by a two injection vaccination course was found to be between two to three years.[12][13][14] following administration of a booster dose (recommended at one year), one study found 97% of immuno-competent individuals demonstrate protective levels of neutralizing antibodies at 10 years.[15]. ...Read more

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Will exposure to anthrax harm my child?

Will exposure to anthrax harm my child?

Yes: Anthrax is a serious illness. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anthrax/ds00422. ...Read more

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Is it possible to show antibodies on specific test for diseases you never got vaccinated for? I'm trying to avoid mmr, tetanus & diptheria shots...

Is it possible to show antibodies on specific test for diseases you never got vaccinated for? I'm trying to avoid mmr, tetanus & diptheria shots...

Disease or Vaccine: Only way you can have positive antibodies in your blood is if you have received the vaccines and other way is if you have had the infection in the past By getting the vaccine your body produces the antibodies which protects you against the infection if you are exposed to it I will advice get the shot.But you are 34.you might have had MMR in childhood.Get your blodd checked.Get your tdap every10yrs ...Read more

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I'm wondering can the HBV vaccine help protect you against hiv/aids?

I'm wondering can the HBV vaccine help protect you against hiv/aids?

No: This agent is for the prevention of a separate virus. It would provide no benefit except to prevent the target virus. ...Read more

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How ca we protect against infectious diseases apart from proper sanitation, vaccines?

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How ca we protect against infectious diseases apart from proper sanitation, vaccines?

Preventing disease: As you've noted, two of best ways to protect against infectious diseases are proper sanitation (hygiene) and vaccination. Check in w/your GP annually to discuss your immunization status. Washing hands regularly is important as well as proper food preparation. I would also ask you to avoid endemic areas. For instance, parts of Africa were rife w/Ebola last yr and now parts of South America by Zika ...Read more

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Is rabies post exposure prophylaxis effective even after the virus has entered peripheral nerves?

Is rabies post exposure prophylaxis effective even after the virus has entered peripheral nerves?

Always do It: Yes it can work! no matter how long after a suspected bite, rabies vaccination should be given. If recent, washing the wound thoroughly decreases the virus count dramatically. If it is less than 7 days, rabies Immune Globulin around the wound. Always, begin Rabies Vaccine series ( 4 shots over 14 days or 5 shots over 30 days immunosuppressed) and shots no longer painful or given in the abdomen! ...Read more

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How doctors explain the long incubation period (>1 year) of rabies , can pep vaccination still be effective after 9 months of possible exposure?

Rabies is tricky: Rabies is known for a wide variation in the incubation period. The average is 3 weeks to 3 months for infection to take hold. About 5% of cases occur 1 year after exposure. The longest case on record is 19 years. Experts don't know exactly why this is-but it probably has to do with the virus strain, other viral properties, the patient (how strong their immune system is) etc. YES-I agree with PEP! ...Read more

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If someone kissed someone with possible exposure to rabies (bat bite) before the full course of the PEP was finished could they contract rabies?

If someone kissed someone with possible exposure to rabies (bat bite) before the full course of the PEP was finished could they contract rabies?

Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal transplants. ...Read more

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Can you get swine / bird flu from taking public transportation?

Can you get swine / bird flu from taking public transportation?

Yes: The more people you are exposed to, the higher the risk of transmission. ...Read more

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Anti rabies vaccine undergoing period dog bite me again then restart the vaccine series if no then how many days protect from rabies infection?

Anti rabies vaccine undergoing period dog bite me again then restart the vaccine series if  no then how many days protect from rabies infection?

2 yrs: Most consider the active period of protection as 2 years from completion of the series. For those in constant contact with potential exposures, blood testing can be done at 2 years to see if a booster is needed to maintain protection. ...Read more

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What has CDC recommended to prevent transmission of sars in households?

What has CDC recommended to prevent transmission of sars in households?

CDC says...: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars/guidance/i/patients_home.htm i'll let you read it rather than summarize. If you don't get it (i think its in lay terms, i can recapitulate it). ...Read more

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Is any vaccine available to give protection against pneumoccocal pneumonia?

Is any vaccine available to give protection against pneumoccocal pneumonia?

Yes: There are 2 -the conjugate and the polysaccharide version.The latter is available for adults. Both for pediatrics.They are not perfect, but prevent a number, but not all strains. ...Read more

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