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Being vaccinated, is it fine to get 2 doses of rabies vaccine now for dog bite?

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Dr. Vivek Chail

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Published At June 2, 2016
Reviewed AtMay 26, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I had 5 doses of rabies vaccine along with rabies immunoglobulin before two years. A month later again, I was bitten by a dog and took three doses of rabies vaccine. Then after a year when I was bitten by a dog, I had two doses of vaccine. Now, again, I was bitten by a stray dog and took two rabies doses. Still, is there a possibility to get rabies?

Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

The antirabies vaccine is usually protective for two years and the antibodies from first dose would have been at a protective level for you. This does not mean that the antibodies will go down after two years, but it only might go down. However, since you took two doses last year that might have given continued protection till now. Therefore, if you took another 2 doses of rabies vaccine now, then it will help for the next two years at least and you will not get rabies.

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

Dr. Vivek Chail
Dr. Vivek Chail

General Practitioner

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