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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Rabies Vaccine (Overview)

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 cause neurological side effects.


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What age is the rabies vaccine given to children, in advance of a year-long trip to africa?

What age is the rabies vaccine given to children, in advance of a year-long trip to africa?

No specific age : The product available in the us for pre-exposure rabies prophylaxis is approved for all ages & dosed at the same for all. The vaccine requires 3 doses over a 21-28 day period. Protective titers will last at least 2yrs. The cdc recommends you only start the series if you can complete it .The cdc site for information on this & other travel needs. See: www.Cdc.Gov/travel/page/child-travel.Htm. ...Read more

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
116 doctors shared insights

Rabies Vaccine (Overview)

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 cause neurological side effects.


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Should I get an anti rabies vaccine after bitten by my neighbor dog? Should they pay?

Should I get an anti rabies vaccine after bitten by my neighbor dog? Should they pay?

Low risk bite: Domestic dogs and cats are at low risk for rabies in most areas. Your local health dept. Can provide you with info on any rabies detected in your region. Verify the dogs status, if current on vaccinations including rabies, you should be be in the clear. If unclear, the dog should be caught & restrained. In my state all dog bites are reportable to the sherrif. ...Read more

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Preventing Rabies (Checklist)

Before any travel, inquire about any local rabies problems
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If bitten by an unknown/wild animal, follow-up with your doctor
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Consider rabies prophylaxis if there is a high risk as deemed by MD
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Help! D; i received my last rabies vaccine today and i'm worried. Please tell me is PDEV; Vaxirab safe? Is it safeee?? Help! ; _ ;

Help! D; i received my last rabies vaccine today and i'm worried. Please tell me is PDEV; Vaxirab safe? Is it safeee?? Help!   ; _ ;

Yes: Ruby, the rabies vaccine has been extensively tested and in use for decades. Other than being painful to receive, it is quite safe unless you are allergic to the vaccine itself. As long as you don't have any symptoms, you are most likely fine. If you develop a rash, trouble breathing, or swelling, see your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take rabies vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take rabies vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: The disease or risk of disease is usually fatal. No problems have been found with administering the vaccine to pregnant or breast feeding women. ...Read more

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Got flu like illness again after 5th rabies vaccine. No fever but chills and leg pain. Is this ok? What to do? Please help

Got flu like illness again after 5th rabies vaccine. No fever but chills and leg pain. Is this ok?  What to do?  Please help

Evaluate need: Rabies vaccine is not commonly used except in unusual exposure circumstances, and is associated with flu like illness as a reaction. Taking Acetaminophen or an NSAID to control. Re-evaluate why you have such a need. ...Read more

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First 2 doses of rabies vaccine hurted but not other ; why? the first 2 hurted some hours later after getting the vaccine but the other 3 didn't; why?

You've adapted: Most large volume intramuscular injections hurt, so you have probably gotten used to the pain of the injection by using good coping mechanisms. I would make sure that the vaccine was stored properly and I would also try to determine what happened to the animal that exposed you to rabies. If the animal that bit you is still alive and has no symptoms, you have nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Is it true that the rabies vaccine is effective only for one animal bite?

NO : The human Rabies Vaccine is good for several animals as for duration 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.[1. ...Read more

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What r some of the side effects of the rabies vaccine? And are the ones u get after the first shot called booster shots?

Minimal: The current tissue culture derived Rabies Vaccine is quite well tolerated. The followup doses can be called boosters but are all part of the primary series. ...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 I be allergic to the rabies vaccine?

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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What will happen when I take the rabies vaccine a couple of days late after been bit by my dog?

No need for "shot": Domestic dogs are generally not considered rabid. If the involved dog has not been immunized against rabies, it will be prudent to watch the dog for a week or so. ...Read more

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Where can I get a rabies vaccine before trip to asia?

Check CDC website: The cdc operates an informational website with current information for worldwide destinations & info on clinics that provide the vaccines. See:wwwnc.Cdc.Gov/travel/page/find-clinic.Htm.For specific recs on vaccinessee:wwwnc.Cdc.Gov/travel/page/destinationslist. ...Read more

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How long does rabies vaccine last?

How long does rabies vaccine last?

Long duration: but please check this link for the WHO position paper on the vaccine and the disease, good luck http://www.who.int/immunization/Rabies_slides_Aug_2010.pdf ...Read more

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Who should get a rabies a rabies vaccine?

Who should get a rabies a rabies vaccine?

Certain Travelers : Some countries have high incidence of rabid dogs and/or bats. Travelers who spend much time in rural areas or in activities such as running, bicycling, camping or hiking should receive the rabies vaccine. Bicyclists and runners stimulate an animal's chase reflex and bites often occur.Children are at very high risk and are often bitten and we will consider vaccine for them in certain travel too. ...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 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

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)

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