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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Is vaccination needed for a non-rabies dog bite?
Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 3 years old and has been bitten by a pet dog. The dog would not bite if not touched. It has been in our home for 10 years. It stays always at home. The dog does not have rabies. The dog is a Pomeranian breed. The wound is not very deep but a slight cut on the upper skin... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com.Any bite from a dog needs a vaccination for rabies. If the cut is not very deep, it will fall under grade 1 of dog bites and it will definitely need antirabies vaccination and tetanus vaccination. In grade 1 bites, antirabies immunoglobin is not needed but vaccine shou... 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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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,... 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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
I was bitten by my dog, which developed anorexia and vomiting later. Should I be worried even if I took an anti-rabies Vaccine?
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 »
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 suff... Read Full »
I do not want to complete rabies booster doses after side effects. Is it dangerous?
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 »
Do I need to have a rabies vaccine towards an unsure scratch ?
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 »
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 »
Can I get rabies just by a dog's lick?
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 »
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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
When to take the second and third dose of anti-rabies vaccine as I took day 0 on the 12th day?
Query: Hi doctor, I had my first schedule of the anti-rabies vaccine according to the 0, 7, and 21 schedules. I took my day 0 dose on 12, so when can I take my day 7 and 21 scheduled dose? Kindly help me. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The date of your further doses is determined by adding 7 and 21 to the date 12. So I suggest you have your second dose on the 19th and 3rd dose on the 2nd. I will be happy to help you further. Read Full »
I was bitten by my pet cat. Should I take the rabies vaccine?
Query: Hello doctor, I was bitten by my cat and had a small cut on my finger. I washed it with running water and soap and applied Povidone-iodine antiseptic on it. I was vaccinated with an anti-rabies shot about six months ago, but my cat is not vaccinated yet. Should I go to the hospital and get another ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You did a good thing by washing the cut with soap and running water. This has decreased your chances of getting infected by 90%. But now, for the remaining 10%, I suggest you take a booster dose of the anti-rabies vaccine as you were vaccinat... Read Full »