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Is there a human rabies vaccine?

Is there a human rabies vaccine?

Yes: Rabies in humans is rare, but there is a vaccine. It is not given to everyone. Rather, it is given to those at high risk or those who have been exposed. ...Read more

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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Rabies Vaccine (Definition)

Consisting of killed rabies virus given to prevent human rabies infection which can be given before or after exposure. The current vaccines in the developed world are safe and produced in tissue culture whereas some older vaccines were produced with methods that could ...Read more


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What should be avoided when getting the human rabies vaccine?

What should be avoided when getting the human rabies vaccine?

Nothing really: The Immune Globulin given soon post exposure can cause a fair amount of local pain but the vaccine is well tolerated and you do not need to avoid anything. ...Read more

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How long does the rabies vaccine last in humans?

How long does the rabies vaccine last in humans?

Uncertain: We really are not 100% certain. Cdc feels--if high risk--test every 2 years (e.g. Vet working in rabies zone) latest who consensus is every 10 years. In general, if continued risk, recommend periodic retesting titers though immunity may persist even when antibodies are no longer detectable. Cdc rule? If the titer. ...Read more

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How long can a rabies vaccine last in humans?

How long can a rabies vaccine last in humans?

At least 2yr: After completion of a pre-exposure vaccine series, the protective antibody level lasts for at least 2 years. Boosters are only recommended if a serum titer has dropped. People with continuous exposure are advised to have titers done every 6 mo while those with occasional exposure should be tested every 2 yrs. ...Read more

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How long does post-exposure rabies vaccine last in humans?

Well...: If you get the complete post-exposure series then the NEXT time you are exposed you are given only 2 shots and no immunoglobulin. If it has been more than 20 years since first series then the whole series will be given again. ...Read more

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HOW LONG DOES POST EXPOSURE RABIES VACCINE LAST IN HUMANS?

2 yrs: In general, completion of the anti-rabies series will protect for exposures during the 2 years following completion of the series. Those in high risk professions are advised to get boosters or have an antibody titer checked to see if a booster is needed for protection to remain high. ...Read more

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DR. SCOTT HAMSTRA, what do you mean why take the risk. Are you suggesting getting rabies vaccine for humans to build up immunity?

No: There are a few "high risk" jobs where Rabies Vaccine is recommended for people who are likely to get exposed to rabies. Outside of Africa and Asia, only get exposed to rabies in wild animals -- doesn't happen often - so don't use the vaccine unless get exposed. Your immune system is what fights off the rabies virus - the vaccine helps your immune system do this quicker and stronger. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there are any side effects of rabies vaccine for humans?

Please tell me if there are any side effects of rabies vaccine for humans?

Yes: Local reactions, such as pain, redness, swelling or itching at the injection site is common. Systemic reactions, such as headache, nausea, abdominal pain, muscle aches, and dizziness, are reported. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about human who missed post rabies vaccines due to clinic error?

I don't know: If this is a story by somebody who is telling you that you do not need to be immunized after a real rabies exposure, ignore it. If you've really been exposed and you do not get immunized, you will die of rabies. ...Read more

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Since i was bit 4 years ago by a cat. Do you think I should get the rabies vaccine so there's no chance, or is it to late?

Don't worry about it: If you are bitten by a rabid cat four years ago you would now be dead. Since you are not dead, relax. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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