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When should someone get rabies pep?

When should someone get rabies pep?

Bite exposure: One receives rabies prophylaxis after a bat exposure in your home or dog bite with unknown rabies vaccination history. Also wild animal bites if present. 4 vaccinations are needed on set days after exposure. ...Read more

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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If a person was bitten by a cat/dog and that animal is alive for 20days after that bite, will that person get rabies? Does he need to get rabies PEP?

Too late: If you waited that long after exposure it would be too late to benefit from rabies shots. If the animal had no symptoms by that point, the animal did not have rabies. Those whose lifestyle place them at risk for rabies exposure (animal control, living in endemic areas) can get the vaccine ahead of time and be protected for at least 2 years from any exposure. ...Read more

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Received rabies pep three months ago. Possible exposure to a mouse. Do I need a booster? Thanks.

No: Protection from the primary series of rabies injections will be protective for at least 2 years. Those who work in at risk occupations are usually tested for antibodies at that point and given boosters when needed. ...Read more

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Full rabies PEP (w/immune glob) Fall '08. 2 booster doses Nov '14. What are the odds I would NOT have protective levels of antibodies now, 7 mo later?

Full rabies PEP (w/immune glob) Fall '08. 2 booster doses Nov '14. What are the odds I would NOT have protective levels of antibodies now, 7 mo later?

MINIMAL: The primary series is considered protective for at least 2 years. Those in trades with regular exposure are advised to check titers or get a booster after two years. If you received a booster 11/14 you should be protected for 2 years from that point. ...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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My daughter completed her pep rabies vaccine less than 3 months ago. 2 days ago she pet a stray cat. No lick, bite or scratch. Is a booster needed?

My daughter completed her pep rabies vaccine less than 3 months ago. 2 days ago she pet a stray cat. No lick, bite or scratch. Is a booster needed?

No she's fine: First of all, she completed the vaccine series, so her immunity is as strong now as it ever will be. Secondly, this was not a 'true' rabies exposure, even if the animal DID have rabies. There would have to be a lick to the face (mucous membranes) or at least a scratch for me to become concerned. Hopefully your daughter is fully aware of all the rabies risks and will take the necessary precautions. ...Read more

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If you don't get post exposure pep for rabies untill 12 days after the possible exposure what are the chances of it working?

Still can.: Obviously, the sooner the better but since, although rare, the incubation period can be quite long, pep should still be given for the appropriate exposure. ...Read more

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A small cat bit me 8 months ago for which I took pep vaccinations just now, can they still be effective? I am worried about rabies too much, plz help

Which vaccines?: I am not sure what you mean by pep vaccines? I think you mean "pet vaccines" Which ones were included? If you recently received rabies vaccination, your risk of rabies is greatly reduced. If the cat bite was 8 months ago, it is highly unlikely you will contract rabies from that bite now! ...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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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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Is rabies communicable?

Organ donation: We have just learned of the second us case of a deceased organ donor transmitting (unintentionally!) rabies to the transplant recipients with the organs. In 2004, 3 recipients all died. In this new case, 1 kidney recipient has died and the other 3 recipients are ok so far - now receiving treatment. Families + healthcare workers will also receive treatment. Very dangerous disease if untreated. ...Read more

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Can I die I think I have rabies?

Can I die I think I have rabies?

See a doctor: Why do you think you have rabies? Have you been bitten by a dog or in close contact with another animal that carries rabies (such as bats, raccoons, skunks, opossums)? If so, don't waste any time. Go see a doctor immediately. Time is important. Untreated rabies is almost universally fatal! ...Read more

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What are the ways to get rabies?

What are the ways to get rabies?

Rabid animals: Normally, you get it from being bitten by an animal with rabies. Spelunkers (people who explore caves) can also get it from inhaling the bat guano (feces) in the cave. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of rabies?

Rabies: Hello rabies symptoms may initially express with malaise, headache, fever & weakness. If a person has been bitten, the site may be itching or have a prickly sensation. As the disease progresses the person may feel anxious and have difficulty sleeping. They may behave unusually, experience hallucinations and develop delirium. If not treated early, rabies is usually fatal. ...Read more

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I think I have rabies. Will I die?

Have you been: Involved in a high risk situation with bat, skunk, opossum, fox, raccoon or aggressive cat or dog? More rarely with wolves or ground hogs. Rabies is usually fatal after neruologic sxs develop in people who have not been vaccinated. So - if you are at risk for rabies - seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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How are the symptoms of rabies treated?

Rabies: Mayo clinic website treats this topic thoroughly:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/rabies/ds00484/dsection=treatments-and-drugs. ...Read more

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How to know if I have contracted rabies?

It's not subtle: The only question worth asking is whether you have been exposed. If you have any reason to think you have been bitten by a rabid animal, and this includes finding a dead bat in your bedroom, you need to undergo the immunization. Rabies infecction itself becomes clinically obvious in a few days from onset of symptoms. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have contracted rabies?

See doctor ASAP: If you think you've been exposed to rabies it is imperative that you see dr. Immediately. Rabies must be prevented with rabies shots after possible exposure, once the disease starts to develop it progresses to death. (only 2 cases have ever survived). Call a doctor now, tell them how you may have been exposed and start treatment if doctor agrees you are at risk. ...Read more

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How high is the risk of rabies in cats?

Good question: The risk is the same as for dogs. Any bite by a cat should be seen by a physician as soon as possible to rule out other illnesses common to cats besides rabies. ...Read more