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Anti-rabies Vaccine

Rabies vaccines are administered to prevent rabies if they have been bitten by a rabies-infected animal or exposed to the rabies virus. After being exposed to the virus, the CDC recommends four doses of 1 ml vaccinations intramuscularly on days 0, 3, 7, and 14. After exposure, in previously immunized individuals, two doses of 1 ml vaccinations on days 0 and 3 are recommended. For adults, before exposure, vaccines should be administered intramuscularly on days 0, 7, 21, or 28.

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After a dog bite, I took anti rabies vaccine. Is it concerning?

Query: Hello doctor, I got bitten by my 4-month-old dog while playing. Then after two days, my dog developed anorexia and started vomiting. I am worried, and therefore I started my anti-rabies vaccination, injection Rabiflex. Will anything happen to me?  Read Full »


Dr. Krutika Shrikant Ingle

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You need not worry. I suggest you continue the post-exposure prophylaxis schedule for dog bite cases at your nearest clinic. You need to monitor your dog for the next ten days. Take him to your veterinarian and get him checked. He might be su...  Read Full »

Vaccinated dog bite my daughter. Is anti-rabies vaccine needed?

Query: Dear Doctor, My daughter is 5 years old. A vaccinated dog scratched her right hand with its teeth. There is no skin damage but deep red mark is visible. Is anti-rabies vaccine optional or compulsory for her?  Read Full »


Dr. E. Venkata Ramana

Answer: Hi, Thank you for your query on icliniq.com. Let me explain the seriousness of the deep red marks simply : Visible deep red marks could mean a very small wound but it is still a large door for rabies virus to enter. If rabies has once developed, then it has no treatment. Prevention by anti-rabie...  Read Full »

Is antirabies vaccine mandatory for 7-year-old kid who is bitten by a small puppy?

Query: Hello doctor, We have a 3-month-old puppy with no antirabies vaccine yet. However, my 7-year-old daughter has been bitten near the wrist and unsure of what we need to do. She is not in pain but please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Hardika Kothari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the clinical picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is not very clear though I cannot see any wound or bleeding. It falls under category 2 and your child needs immunization antirabies along with tetanus toxoid shot. Before that, y...  Read Full »

A dog licked a blister on my toe. Should I be worried?

Query: Hi doctor,Today, I fed a stray dog near the hotel I was staying at. A dog then came and licked an area of my toe where there was a blister nearby. Should I be worried?  Read Full »


Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The probable diagnosis is dog lick. Consult a local doctor to confirm the same. If the blister is closed, then you will not require vaccination. But if the blister is open, then you should take vaccination as the mucous membrane is exposed. ...  Read Full »

Do I require an anti-rabies vaccine if a puppy licked me?

Query: Hello doctor,Two days before a small puppy came and I am not sure whether he scratched me or not. There is no big mark on feet. But I have a very small cut in my hand. I have cleared my jeans with that hand. So I am doubtful my cut has come in contact with that place where puppy licks. Sir do I need...  Read Full »


Dr. Nidhin Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Just take the first dose and second dose after three days. There is no need for five doses. The last dose was taken just a few months back. Anti-rabies antibodies will still persist in the body and provide immunity. But still, reexposure within one year requires two dos...  Read Full »

Do I need to do anything if a dog's nail scratches my skin?

Query: Hello doctor,I was scratched by a nail of the dog a week back. Do I need to do anything for that? The dog died today, probably due to some other reason, and the dog was not vaccinated.  Read Full »


Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Are you sure the dog scratched by nail or teeth? Is any open wound or bleeding present at the time? Did the dog die due to rabies or any other cause? So many questions there. Better get ARV vaccination (anti-rabies vaccine). Since dog died, the reason not known take ...  Read Full »

I had adverse effects from the rabies vaccine. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been injured by a needle after injecting unvaccinated white mice in my college and I have received two doses of rabies vaccine on the day of exposure and day three but the side effects were severe (hypertension, nausea, vomiting, dizziness) and I do not want to complete the thre...  Read Full »


Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Rabies for sure is dangerous. Only one case is reported in the world to be able to survive in your country after having rabies. But, it all depends upon how much chances of getting rabies. With needle stuck I do not believe there are many chances also and chances are hi...  Read Full »

I bit my wife. Should my wife take an anti-rabies vaccine?

Query: Hello doctor, I was bitten by a dog 13 days ago. I took anti-rabies vaccine after 25 hours of the bite. I have taken three vaccines until now. I had oral sex with my wife and by mistake, I bit her at neck two days ago. Should she also receive the anti-rabies vaccine? The dog is still alive.  Read Full »


Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Contact with someone who is receiving rabies vaccination does not constitute rabies exposure and does not require post-exposure prophylaxis.   Read Full »

My friend's dog licked my hand. Will I get rabies?

Query: Hello doctor, Last night my friend's dog licked my hand and I ate food with that hand without washing it. The problem is that I also have a bleeding gum. Am I at a risk to contract any infections or diseases specifically rabies? Kindly advice as I am a little apprehensive.  Read Full »


Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Rabies virus is found in the saliva of the infected dogs (not all dogs). Infection can be transmitted through biting of infected dogs where saliva directly reaches our blood. So theoretically you can be infected but in reality, there are very few cases that infecti...  Read Full »

Is anti-rabies vaccine required for a finger cut by mouse?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday night a baby mouse cut my wife in her index finger without any discharge of blood or any sign of cut except pain. Is anti-rabies vaccine required?  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammad Aamir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, your wife does not need the anti-rabies vaccine. But you should see if your wife gets any of following symptoms within 10 days from the day of bite then she will need an antibiotic dose. Fever, vomiting, headache, any rash or swollen area or pain in the back or j...  Read Full »

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