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Doctor insights on: Time Limit For Taking Rabies Vaccine After Dog Biting

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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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I had a booster dose for anti-rabies vaccine after being bitten the second time. Do I need another shot after being bitten the 3rd time?

Possibly: Depends on what bit you and the level of risk of rabies in your community. If it is still a problem in the wildlife of your area and you were bitten by a credible source of rabies, it is worth your while to get another shot. The alternative is a 100% fatal disease. No has yet survived a rabies infection and all the gory details are unfortunately true. ...Read more

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I already got immune g, rabies vaccine/booster Last week was when I the 4th dose. I got bitten again but this time by a rabid animal. Arnt I immunized?

I already got immune g, rabies vaccine/booster Last week was when I the 4th dose. I got bitten again but this time by a rabid animal. Arnt I immunized?

Yes: 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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For how much time does rabies vaccine provide protection I think I was scratched by a stray dog?

Don't count on it: The protection after rabies vaccination gradually decreases, so even if you've been vaccinated a booster series of 2 doses is recommended if you have been exposed. That said, it is not clear that you have been exposed. Dogs are not as likely as other animals to have rabies, and rabies from scratches (nonbites) is rare, but I would check with your health department to estimate the risk in your area. ...Read more

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For how much time does rabies vaccine provide protection? I think I was scratched by a stray dog.

For how much time does rabies vaccine provide protection? I think I was scratched by a stray dog.

Wash First: Clean the scratch with soap and water for a good 5 minutes--then head to emergency room. Even vaccinated you may still need rabies vaccine, just not as many doses and just no rabies immune globulin. While dogs are less risky as rabies carriers they are making a comeback in some areas. This is a decision that will have to be made at a local level, with the involvement of your animal control office. ...Read more

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For how much time does rabies vaccine provide protection? I had taken three injections of rabies vaccine in early march 2012. Do I need to take again

For how much time does rabies vaccine provide protection? I had taken three injections of rabies vaccine in early march 2012. Do I need to take again

Completed series: The protection from a completed series is estimated @ 2 years. Those in constant contact with the virus (wildlife workers, veterinarians, etc) are screened for antibodies after 2 years & given boosters only if low. (cdc guidelines). ...Read more

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How long does the rabies vaccine last in people?

How long does the rabies vaccine last in people?

Maybe lifelong but..: 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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I got bit by someone elses dog! The dog had a rabies vaccine though the bite bled alot. Now it feels tingly. Should I worry?

I got bit by someone elses dog! The dog had a rabies vaccine though the bite bled alot. Now it feels tingly. Should I worry?

Dog bite: Rabies unlikely as dog has been vaccinated. However dog bite can end up with other infections. Thorough cleaning of wound and observation for signs of infection is key. If bite is deep or dirty you may need a tetanus booster or shot. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a rabies vaccine if it is at room temp?

Is it safe to take a rabies vaccine if it is at room temp?

Yes: The only thing that would make the vaccine inactive would be if it is somehow heated to near body temp; room temp, unless as hgh as in the 80's F would likely be fine for this... ...Read more

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Which medicines interact with rabies vaccine to make it fail?

Rabies Vaccination: Immunosuppressive drugs and corticosteroids may reduce the immune response to vaccines. Also chloroquine may reduce the antibody response to intradermal rabies vaccine. The intramuscular route should be used. Vaccine response with low CD4 counts, in people with HIV is also poor. May need double dose or multiple site intradermal injection. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a tetanus/rabies vaccine and a normal vaccine?

What is the difference between a tetanus/rabies vaccine and a normal vaccine?

Question does not: Your question does not make any sence, what do you want to know. There are many different normal vaccines and there is no tetanus/rabies vaccine, these are two different vaccines and there is no combination vaccine like that. ...Read more

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I had a rabies vaccine in 2004 then had a booster in 2005 as I had contact (not bitten) with a rabid animal. Would this booster still have validity?

? validity?: Your question is not clear. The expected protection of a primary rabies series is at least 2 years, with high risk occupations advised to get antibody titers at that point to see if a booster is needed. Your booster should have benefit and few would ever suggest a full series with that history. ...Read more

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Will the rabies vaccine harm my unborn child?

Rabies vaccine: Rabies vaccine is under class C, that means that animal studies revealed a harmful or teratogenic effects on the fetus or there is no controlled studies on pregnant women, you need to weigh your options, risk vs benefit, if you were exposed & at risk for contracting rabies you have no choice but to take the vaccine with close F/U with your obstitrician. Wishing you & baby good luck. ...Read more

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How long my flu will take to go after rabies vaccine?

???: Perhaps your question is, how long after rabies vaccine may I take my flu shot? The rabies vaccine is not a live virus. Some influenza vaccines do contain live virus. It is recommended that you wait 4 weeks between doses of live virus vaccine, but since rabies vaccine contains the inactivated virus, you may take your flu shot at any time. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the difference of anti rabies vaccine and booster shots?

No difference: When someone is potentially exposed to rabies (bites, bats, etc), the initial treatment is the rabies immune globulin & the rabies vaccine. The subsequent injections are the same rabies vaccine, 3, 7 & 14 days after the initial treatment. ...Read more

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Immunisation period of full course of anti rabies vaccine if exposure again?

Varies: Most consider a full rabies series protective for at least 2 years. Those involved in high risk occupations are encouraged to have a blood test done to verify protective levels at that point and get a booster if the level has declined. ...Read more

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Please tell me what will happen if rabies vaccine is given in gluetal muscle?

Suboptimal protect..: Rabies vaccine given in the gluteal muscle instead of deltoid may induce less than adequate antibody response and protection. ...Read more

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Took 3rd shot of rabies vaccine on 8th day due to fever? Is that a serious problem?

Took 3rd shot of rabies vaccine on 8th day due to fever? Is that a serious problem?

Fever: This all depends upon why you have fever. That can only be determined by the doctor seeing you. You should be seen and examined, particularly if you were bitten by an animal, since in addition to rabies, secondary infections due to the bite are very common. Hope you are well soon. ...Read more

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How long does the cytotoxic t cell response induced by rabies vaccine last in the host?

How long does the cytotoxic t cell response induced by rabies vaccine last in the host?

No one knows!: One of the greatest advantages of dna vaccines is that they are able to induce cytotoxic t lymphocytes (ctl) without the inherent risk associated with live vaccines. There length of protection (rabies) is not fully known, but at least three years! ...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

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