Q. Kindly explain me about antirabies vaccine.

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Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas
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This is a premium question & answer published on May 20, 2016 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hello doctor,

I was bitten by a dog 10 days ago and got my first antirabies vaccine the next day. Also I got the second and third dose with a gap of three days, respectively. The wound was quite deep and the dog was unknown and untraceable. Everyone guiding me to take complete course of antirabies vaccine. My doctor said that three antirabies vaccine shots are enough. He said that these are different from the antirabies vaccine available in private. Do I need to take another two shots of antirabies vaccine in private? Please suggest Thanks.



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I am sorry for the dog bite. But, I am glad that you have taken the correct schedule of vaccines till now.

  • Basically there are two types of antirabies vaccines.
  1. Neural tissue vaccine.
  2. Tissue culture vaccine.
  • Of these neural tissue vaccines is given in the anterior abdominal wall around the umbilicus for 14 days. Beta-Propiolactone belongs to this category.
  • The tissue culture vaccine are given in the deltoid, outer aspect of your arm, in the regimental badge area on 0, 3, 7, 14 and 28 days.
  • It is not common for them to give BPL vaccine in your arms on 0, 3 and 7 days. If you have got your shots in your arm, then it is tissue culture vaccine.
  • There are five types of tissue culture vaccines (TCV).
  1. HDCV - human diploid cell culture rabies vaccine, the most expensive TCV per dose.
  2. Rabipur (PCEC - purified chick embryo cell vaccine).
  3. Verorab (PVRV - purified Vero cell rabies vaccine), dose of 0.5 mL.
  4. Verovax-R (PVRV), dose of 0.5 mL. 
  5. Abhayrab (PVRV).
  • The good news is that All TCVs that is HDCV, PVRV AND PCEC are freely interchangeable.
  • So, if you had got your previous three injections in your arm, then, please go and get two more injections of tissue culture vaccine on day 14 and day 28 in private.

For further information consult a neurologist online -->

Hi doctor,

I got all my shots on my shoulders and thanks for briefing this information for the patient. Thank you so much for understanding the concern of the people like me. Please guide me too.



Welcome back to

  • Since you have got the three shots in the shoulder, it is definitely a tissue culture vaccine. So, you need to take two more doses of the tissue culture vaccine on 14th day and 28th day.
  • Your option is to take that in private on 14th day and 28th day and also you can take any of these types (HDCV, PVRV AND PCEC) on 14th day and 28th day.
  • You need to locate a doctor near your home who does vaccinations.
  • Tell him that you may need two doses of tissue culture vaccines on the particular day. Even if he does not have stock, he will get it and keep it ready.
  • Once you have taken all the five doses, you can forget this dog bite.

For further doubts consult a neurologist online -->

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