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I do not want to complete rabies booster doses after side effects. Is it dangerous?

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Published At May 13, 2018
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Patient's 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 three remaining booster doses. Is that dangerous?


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 high with bite. Also, laboratory mice are not a wild animal. They are grown in laboratory, so very minimal or almost no chances I believe.

Also, you can observe mice for a week. If it dies, you can complete vaccination. If it stays healthy, there is no need. Also, your symptoms were likely associated with anti-rabies antibodies that are given post-exposure along with vaccination, with next three vaccinations less likely to have these symptoms.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat
Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Internal Medicine

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