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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Is a man considered safe if he receives vaccination for rabies eight months after a dog bite and completes all doses?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to know if a man is considered safe if he receives a vaccination for rabies after eight months of a dog bite and completes all doses. Also, if the virus has already entered the spinal cord and was on its way to the brain (but did not make it), will the vaccine still kill the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Dr Vinay Dange

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. If your dog is still alive and healthy eight months after the scratch, there is no need for therapy. The dog would have perished by now if it had been infected with rabies (a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals)...  Read Full »

My eight-year-old son got his rabies vaccine for a cat scratch on his butt. Is it normally given in the butt or the arm?

Query: Hi doctor, After a cat scratch, my 8-year-old son got his rabies first shot on his buttocks. But we are worried after the shot we saw on the internet that it should be on his arms. Should we repeat the vaccination now for effectiveness? Why did they put it in the buttocks? Kindly help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, the rabies vaccination should be on the deltoid muscle area in the arm. Injection in the outer thigh is given if the arm is not fit for injection and in children. The efficacy is lesser if injected in the buttocks. Injection on the deltoid area of the arm in adu...  Read Full »

Can I get rabies if I get licked by a vaccinated dog?

Query: Hello doctor, I have taken an anti-rabies vaccine; all three shots are pre-exposure prophylaxis, and I need to know how it will grant me immunity? Because I went to my relative's house, where a dog licked and scratched me, and gave a sweet bite that never pains. So I doubt what to do. But, on the ot...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.When did you have three doses of the vaccine? If it is more than six months, take one booster dose. If bites are deep and are above the waist, then repeat complete vaccination.  Read Full »

A cat bit me last evening, and I am wondering if I can take the rabies vaccine for it. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I know the rabies vaccine is for dog bites, and dog bites are scarier but do I need a rabies vaccine for cat bites? A stray cat and I got into a fight last evening, and she happened to scratch me on my hands and bit me slightly on my leg. I can still see a spot on my leg. Should I take rab...  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I would suggest you to first clean the wound with soap and water and, if available, with povidone-iodine afterward. Rabies vaccines are for both dog and cat bites and scratches. The same rabies vaccine needs to be taken as per the schedule below -1) If you are previously un...  Read Full »

Should I be concerned if the puppy that bit me four days back is not vaccinated for rabies?

Query: Hi doctor,Before 4 days, I have had a scratch without bleeding due to a puppy bite. I have had a swelling but it subsided in the next morning. It is itching today due to dryness. Should I be concerned?  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Cleanse your wound with soap and tap water. Are you and your puppy vaccinated for rabies? If not get vaccinated.  Read Full »

My wife got a scratch near her forehead, and we suspect it was from a bat. Does she require an anti-rabies vaccine?

Query: Hello, Sir, my wife, got a scratch near her forehead, but there is no visible blood. She cannot determine the exact cause of the scratch, but it might be due to the branches of trees in our garden. Some bats are staying near my house. If the scratch is by any bat in the worst case, does she require ...  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. However, you need not worry about rabies or other infection. Be relaxed and calm. I suggest giving her a TT (tetanus toxoid) injection, and there is no need for a rabies vaccine. I hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help yo...  Read Full »

I have taken the anti-rabies vaccine and touched the injection site with a sanitizer. Will the sanitizer hamper the vaccine's efficacy?

Query: Hello doctor, I had been taking the anti-rabies vaccine and rabies immunoglobulin since one month. I took the injections three times, two days after the other and the last dose recently. After about 40 minutes of the vaccine, I sanitized my hands with hand sanitizer in home and touched the vaccine s...  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern, and no need to worry about this. You need not worry about vaccine efficacy, and it will be effective. I hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. I wish you good health. Thanks.  Read Full »

What is the correct treatment for monkey bites in my child?

Query: Hello doctor, A child, 2 years and six months old, was given the first two doses of Rabipur (anti-rabies vaccine) on the scheduled date, that is the zero and third day of the monkey bite. However, due to lack of knowledge, both the times, it was given in the gluteal region. The third dose was given...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello doctor, I went through your post. Your child had an animal bite, for which he is receiving post-exposure prophylaxis for rabies. The rabies prophylaxis consists of two steps: Human rabies immunoglobulin is given (20 mcg/kg) around the injury site.  Anti-rabies vaccine (ARV) is given on day z...  Read Full »

My pet dog licked me, and I felt a prick. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a pet dog who is just 2 months old and not vaccinated yet. While playing, he was licking my hand, and I felt a prick on my hand. His teeth have started to come. I do not see any wound or scratch, but I am scared. I was bitten by a cat before and did take three shots. What do yo...  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Did you see any minor bleeding points or any scratches in your hand while you felt prick? I am sorry for such discomfort. According to your history, there is only licking by the pet dog and no wound, or laceration. This type of exposure belongs to category one. If ...  Read Full »

I was bitten by a chameleon. I did take Vaxirab. Now I am feeling pain in my arm and my back. Give me your advice.

Query: Dear Doctor, I was bitten by a chameleon. I did take Vaxirab yesterday. Now I am feeling pain in my arm and a very little pain in my back. I fear if am infected by rabies? What should I do. Give me your advice.  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Rabies will not affect too early. What you are having now, could be the side effects of Vaxirab. But if the rabies status of the chameleon is not known or if you cannot observe whether that chameleon lives for another 10 days, then you may also require Rabies Immunoglobul...  Read Full »

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