Q. Do I need to have a rabies vaccine towards an unsure scratch ?

Answered by
Dr. Nidhin Mohan
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on May 10, 2018

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 to have an anti-rabies vaccine. As I have taken full five doses five months back.

Dr. Nidhin Mohan

Internal Medicine
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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 doses.

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Thank you doctor,

I consulted a doctor and he told me that no vaccine is needed within one year of having a complete course of five anti-rabies vaccines. So three days have passed and if I will take it tomorrow on the fourth day, is it not too late?

Dr. Nidhin Mohan

Internal Medicine
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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Probably the exposure from the puppy is considered a very low risk. The doctor who examined you may have found no signs of injury. If so can avoid revaccination. Actually, most studies show a efficacy of five years. The second side revaccination is only for a double safety. If the examining doctor has told not to take, can avoid, do not worry.

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Thank you doctor,

If I start taking vaccine tomorrow on the fourth day, is it not too late sir?

Dr. Nidhin Mohan

Internal Medicine
#

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

No harm. You can start tomorrow and then take a second dose after three days.

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