The rabies vaccination is used to prevent rabies, and there are many rabies vaccines available that are safe and effective. They are used to prevent rabies before and after exposure to the rabies virus and are commonly caused by a dog or bat bite.
All the answers published in this website are written by Verified medical doctors, therapists and health experts. The Content has been moderated by iCliniq medical review team before publication. Post your medical clarifications on iCliniq by choosing the right specialty and get them answered. Your medical queries will be answered 24/7 by top doctors from iCliniq.
I had consumed cat-licked food and took five doses of the antirabies vaccine in the same month. Should I still take the vaccine?
Query: Hello Doctor, I had eaten cat-licked food. It is necessary to take the anti-rabies vaccine if taken in five doses in the same month and two booster doses after six months. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Rabies is spread by contact with the saliva of the infected animal. Bites are the most common form of rabies transmission, but when saliva reaches any open wound or mucus membrane, the virus may be transmitted. Theoretically, there is a very rare possibility of such ... Read Full »
I have been suffering from persistent flu and headache for the past eight days after taking the rabies vaccine. What could be the reason?
Query: Hello doctor, I have issues with maxillary sinusitis, a nasal polyp, and chronic hepatitis B. A monkey had scratched me. The scratch was on the thumb of my right hand, which was not deep and covered only a 2 mm area with minor bleeding, which was not even flowing out of the wound. I was given a rabi... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. I appreciate that you have taken the rabies vaccine, as most people deny it and avoid taking the shot. Also, having a fever and headache following vaccination is normal. So do not worry about that. Also, I would like... Read Full »
My rabies-affected dog licked my legs, and I do not know whether it licked the wounded portion. Should I go for vaccination?
Query: Hi doctor, My dog has been affected by rabies, and the symptoms started yesterday. I got licked on my legs, but I do not know whether it licked the wounded portion. So, should I go for vaccination or not? Last year I took an anti-rabies vaccination. Read Full »
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your query, and here is my suggestion. You have already been vaccinated for rabies. You can check your antibody titer against rabies to check whether your vaccination was effective or not. In an already immunized person, it is advisable to take two mor... Read Full »
Will rabies vaccination cause future health issues for my 9 year old son?
Query: Hi doctor,My 9 year old son was licked by a stray dog. I was not sure what happened, but I took him to the doctor and got him injected. Would the injection cause him some future health issues? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, the injection will not cause any issues in the future. Rabies Vaccination Injection is given at the 0, 3, 7, 14, and 21 days of the bite, but consult your nearest doctor and get the vaccine from that doctor. This vaccine should be taken if there is a dog bite or if t... Read Full »
My baby and wife got their rabies vaccination recently. Can she breastfeed?
Query: Hello doctor, My baby got vaccinated today with OPV, Penta 2, and IPV, and my wife also got herself a rabies vaccine. Can she breastfeed? Read Full »
Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Yes, it is safe to breastfeed after anti-rabies vaccination. The baby is also vaccinated with Penta so that he might get a fever as an immune response. I suggest giving a tablet Paracetamol 15 mg/kg for 24 hrs post... Read Full »
I got touched by puppy's teeth without wound. Is it infectious?
Query: Hello doctor, A 45-day-old street puppy's teeth touched my finger yesterday but there was no bleeding. Puppy is also fine. What should I do? Please advise me. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Just tell me whether the puppy's teeth just touched your finger or you got wound also? In case, you just got a touch, then nothing to do but in case, you got a wound then keep the wound clean. Keep a check on the dog also. Meet nearby doctor in case you have a wound. A ... Read Full »
A three-month-old puppy bit me while playing. I have already taken the rabies vaccine. Is there any possibility of getting rabies?
Query: Hello doctor,Can a puppy of three months have fine teeth that there is no mark on the skin if it pricks us, and we are at risk of rabies? I am asking this because a puppy comes to my house to play. While playing, I felt his tooth pricked on my thumb. But when I looked at my thumb, there was neither ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern in detail and will surely help you out. Your previous vaccine is good enough and will save you from rabies. Once you take the rabies vaccine total dose, it is effective for the next five years. There is no need to repeat the vaccine even if you... Read Full »
My hand was scratched by a stray dog twice, and I forgot to wash it. Will there be an exposure to rabies infection?
Query: Hi doctor, Two days ago in the evening, I was walking on a road and felt something scratching my hand twice. I looked back, and there was a stray dog. I pushed the dog away and checked my hand. I could see no saliva or any scratch mark. I came home two hours later and forgot to wash my hands, as I i... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Please watch the dog's condition for one week to rule out rabies. Because the dog may not have been vaccinated, rabies vaccination is preferable for your absolute safety. The rabies vaccine must be administered according to the schedule belo... Read Full »
My son abruptly touched the saliva of a rabies dog. What should be done?
Query: Hi doctor, A dog in our neighborhood has rabies. It was moving around on the road and might have dropped saliva on the concrete path. My son abruptly touched the road and then his forehead (unsure whether saliva was there or not). I washed his hand with handwash and water immediately but only wiped ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. For many years, I have been treating rabies patients. As in your child's case, rabies in dog saliva may enter through the eyes. The rabies vaccine must be administered to children under three to prevent rabies. Please keep an eye on the do... Read Full »
I had a dog bite three days back but did not take an injection immediately. Will it be effective if I take the vaccine now?
Query: Hello doctor, I had a dog bite three days ago. Can I take the rabies vaccine now? I did not take the injection immediately as I was afraid of the injections. Will it be effective if I take it now? Will I survive? When is the appropriate time to take? Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Yes, you should take it immediately. Did you clean your bite wound with soap and water? Are you not previously vaccinated? If not, you should get vaccinated as per the CDC (center for disease control and prevention) schedule (if you are in... Read Full »