Rabies Vaccine

The rabies vaccine is used to prevent rabies, a deadly virus that spreads through the infected animals' saliva when bitten. They are given to people who have an increased risk of developing rabies, such as veterinarians, animal handlers, and rabies laboratory workers. Preexposure vaccination is given with 1.0 ml of rabies vaccine intramuscularly on days 0, 7, 21, and 28. A booster dose of 1 ml is given to maintain the serum titer more than 1:5 serum dilution. Post-exposure, unimmunized individuals are given 1 ml of five doses intramuscularly on days 0, 3, 7, 14, and 28 with human rabies immunoglobulin. In previously immunized persons, 1 ml is given intramuscularly on days 0 and 3.

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Should I take the vaccine for one and a half years back dog bite?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old male. Three years ago, a dog slightly bit my hand. The dog died 1.5 years after he bit me. It has been three years now, but I am worried as I heard that rabies appears after years. I did not take any medicine then. I ignored it because it was a pet dog. If I take anti...  Read Full »


Dr. Ehsan Samarbafzadeh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your worry with this situation as rabies is considered dangerous. The good news is that the dog that bit you probably did not have rabies as the progression of this disease is fast in dogs. If a rabid dog bites you, it will die in weeks. As you mentioned t...  Read Full »

Will the rabies virus die on heating the food licked by a cat?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having some doubts about rabies. Will rabies spread through food, which is licked by a cat? Will rabies virus die on heating?  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am giving you my opinion regarding your doubts. Rabies can spread through the saliva of an infected animal, especially dog. But from saliva, the virus can spread if the skin is not intact or it can spread through mucosa contact. So, direct saliva contact to mucosa ha...  Read Full »

Is rabies vaccine needed if my fingers contacted a dog's teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, My query is regarding the necessity of rabies treatment for me. Last week, I accidentally disturbed a sleeping dog. It started barking and tried to bite my right hand. I pulled my hand; hence it could not harm me. But, I remember that during this incident its teeth and tongue strongly to...  Read Full »


Dr. Aamir Mohd

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Is the dog alright? You have to keep watching the dog whether the dog die or not. Since, there is no blood and you said it happened last week; you do not need any vaccine now. Revert back with the asked details to a general practitioner online --> https://www.iclin...  Read Full »

Can you get rabies from scratch of a vaccinated dog?

Query: Hello doctor, My dog is up-to-date on its vaccinations. But accidentally, my dog scratched me a couple of days ago. The scratch was hard enough to break the skin and cause bleeding. Would I need rabies or tetanus shot for this? Thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Yes, it is advisable to get a rabies vaccine as prophylactic. Since bleeding was there, you might be contaminated. However, the chances of rabies infection are rare because your dog is vaccinated. But still, f...  Read Full »

Does the rabies virus spread by touching dog saliva?

Query: Hello doctor, I touched a puppy with my leg. Is there any possibility that the rabies-infected saliva from the puppy's hair gets transmitted to my pant? And I accidentally touch it with my fingers and rub it on my eyes and get myself infected with rabies?   Read Full »


Dr. Udaya Nath Sahoo

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your statement, there is no need for any vaccination because the virus does not spread by touching and is transmitted by blood and mucous membrane. Also, a dog infected by the rabies virus dies within 10 days after biting. In case of any other query, contact ...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to get rabies vaccination if a vaccinated pet dog scratches you?

Query: Hi doctor,I scratched by my vaccinated dog today a few hours ago. Also, there was no bleeding in my hand. But there is some redness there. So guide me that it is still necessary to have ARV. Also, five months ago, I was vaccinated with ARV when there is a scratch of a dog then.  Read Full »


Dr. Kapil Gupta

Answer: Hello. Welcome to icliniq.com. Although unvaccinated animals are more likely to transmit rabies, vaccinated animals can also do so if the vaccination of the biting animal was ineffective for any reason. History of rabies vaccination in an animal is not always a guarantee that the biting animal is ...  Read Full »

I get tingling sensation in the area of a dog bite. Am I at risk of rabies infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I work at a veterinary clinic. 18 days ago, a great dane bit my leg, causing some deep puncture wounds. We immediately flushed the wound even though I discovered that night that there was a wound on my leg's back, we did not notice. I went immediately to the local health department to ...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you were bitten by a dog 18 days back. If bitten, a previously vaccinated person should take two more doses of rabies vaccine. One dose immediately and one three days later. Again, if bitten, a nonvaccinate...  Read Full »

Is it safe to get rabies vaccine when a puppy puts his nail on burn wound?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a wound on my right foot due to crakers. A month old dog puppy had put its nails on my would, and I can see very thin blood similar to a needle point. Shall I take rabies antibody injections, or can I ignore it? Please reply.  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Is it oozing? Since when the wound happened? When the dog touched it, was it oozing or bleeding? Do you have pain, tenderness, swelling, or redness? Do you have blisters or fever? Attach the picture of the lesion for better understanding.  Read Full »

What are the signs of rabies in humans?

Query: Hi doctor, I was injured by a bone of a dead dog. The injury is on my right knee. I cleaned the wound with soap water and this happened a month ago. I am facing some problems like flu, body pain and headache for the last four days. How to know if I am affected by rabies? What are the tests needed t...  Read Full »


Dr. Sudheer Ambekar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The indication for post-exposure vaccination with or without rabies immunoglobulin depends on the type of contact with the rabid animal. Types of contact are of three categories: Category I – Touching or feeding the animals and licks on the skin. Category II - Nibbling ...  Read Full »

I have pain in my wrist and fingers after rabies vaccine. Could this be due to overdose?

Query: Hello doctor, I have taken anti-rabies vaccine before seven months. I started a booster dose for rabies last month and will be completing my fifth dose this month. Am I overdosing with the anti-rabies vaccine as I have already taken five doses before seven months? I am feeling pain in the wrist and...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep V Nair

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I will need a few more points. Did you have an exposure after the first exposure? Or are you a pet who is exposed to frequent bites from animals? If not then why did you start the booster dose? Booster dose is not usually recommended. Only repeat doses are recommended...  Read Full »

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