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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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 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 »

Can one get rabies by coming in contact with a food bowl of a street dog?

Query: Hi doctor,Can one get rabies through water, milk, or food bowl of street dogs? My foot hit that bowl, and water from that bowl fell on my foot. I have a minor cut on my little finger. Does that pose a risk of getting infected through that bowl of water? Should I get to be vaccinated ASAP, or should ...  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and will definitely help you regarding it. As per the CDC (center of disease control and prevention), the most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmis...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a treatment for a dog bite.

Query: Hi doctor, My problem is dog bite with some pain. I am currently on antirabies medication. I am a 15 year old male. My weight is 38 kg and height is 5 feet.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You should clean the wound with soap and water. Get the dressing done from a local doctor with Betadine solution followed by application of Mupirocin ointment. The dressing should be changed daily till healing. You should have antirabies vaccination on day 0, 3, 7, 14...  Read Full »

Should you repeat the TT injection within a month if a dog licked you?

Query: Hello doctor, I had TT one month ago. Today, my dog licked my foot toes. Is there a need for getting a TT again? Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Rajendran R Nayar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your statement, I understand that a dog licked your toes, and you want to know if you require a further dose of TT vaccine (Tetanus Toxoid), which you took a month ago. By vaccine, I understand you are referring to TT and not the anti-rabies vaccine. The administ...  Read Full »

Can cat scratch be the reason for my dizziness and fatigue?

Query: Hi doctor,I am currently on sick leave from work because I feel very weak, tired, and I just wanted to take a rest. I have been scratched by a cat last week and had my antirabies shot and tetanus vaccine. I do not know if what I feel is connected to my vaccination, or is this only in my mind. What s...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Let me help you to my best, albeit remotely. I have noted that you already had your vaccination to protect you. So that is taken care of. There are multiple reasons why someone should feel tired and weak. Since how long have you been feelin...  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 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 »

I was scratched by a nail of the dog. Do I need to do anything for that?

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 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 got dog bite and so I got a Rabipure vaccine and TT at the hip area. Do I require booster vaccination every year?

Query: Hello doctor, I got dog bite before 17 days, and the wounds are categorized as a category -II. Within an hour, I got a Rabipure vaccine and TT at the hip area. However, the next day morning, one more dose of Rabivax has been given in the shoulder and continued the schedule from the second day. My d...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, there is no problem in injecting two dosages within 24 hours. Usually, the first, two shots are given after one another. Apart from that Tetanus toxoid is must that you have taken. It is not the case that the vaccine is ineffective. This is the usual protocol th...  Read Full »

Can dog-scratch cause rabies after 10 years?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a crazy dog that scratched me 10 years ago. So, I want to know whether that can lead me to rabies because I have never taken any anti-virus booster.  Read Full »

Dr. Lohit Chauhan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 10 years is quite a long time. It is highly unlikely that you can get rabies by an exposure 10 years back. Usually with infection of rabies virus, (through a bite of rabid animal) shows symptoms in 20 to 90 days. The period can be as long as more than a year. But I have n...  Read Full »

My puppy bit me. Do I need an anti-rabies vaccine?

Query: Hello doctor, Do I need an anti-rabies vaccine, because my 2 and a half-month-old puppy nipped me? It is barely a bite but I cleaned it and no symptoms seem to show up, my puppy is not vaccinated yet because it is too young. I am 18 years old.  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If the bite was unprovoked and if it caused bleeding then you should get a course of anti-rabies vaccine plus a shot of tetanus immunoglobulin, to be on the safe side. Even though it is a pet, it is not immunized so the standard protocol is to get vaccinated if the abov...  Read Full »

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