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Can food or alchol cause vaccine failure? Diet restriction for rabies treatment?

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dear doc,
this is my 3rd follow up question thats why i come to the new thread so,i request to provide the details for below questions.

i have one doubt on rabies vaccine, before this question i had got some advice from one doc through this same network (health care magic) he stated the below answers for my questions

hi doc,

1)could you please tell me whether specific food or alcohol cause vaccine failure or i have to maintain special diet restrictions for rebies treatment.

2)as per your instructions you have mentioned 6 doses of rabies vaccine for one year protection from the future exposures but i had taken only 4 doses in the proper schedule that means 0,3,7,93 so this schedule also provide the same kind of protection

3) whether it is possible over doses of vaccine cause vaccine failure

4) and my last question it is possible rabies can transmit through air or non bite exposure why im asking this question i always use to travel lot in roads so i was afraid whether the rabid dog saliva comes in contact with eyes or mouth while crossing roads.

i expect the answers for all my questions so please help me on this and i thank you for the wonderfull service from you.Asked by Me , 3 hours ago

Doctor's reply to your question above...

hiits your right to have the answer for each and every question.
1. there is no specific dietary restriction for the rabies vaccine as it have no relation with food or alcohal.
2. you have missed the doses 14 and 28. which means you had incomplete vaccination course which is not valid and you have to start over again.
3. no over doses of vaccine do not cause failure however low doses or incomplete doses causes failure
4. no it is not possible for rabies to transmit by any other way. as it only transmits in blood through wounds. and for transmission the dog must be rabid. normal pet dog do not cause rabies.feel free for any further queries.

my question are follows:
im satisfied with his answers but on my second point i have make some points the doc doctor says doses are missed means incomplete schedule, but the fact doses are missed because of my physician as told me on day 10 the dog is still alive so you no need of further vaccinations then i ask my physician about three doses what i have taken for that he told me it works as a Pre exposure schedule for my satisfaction i took one more booster on day 90. then also it may consider as incomplete vaccination or else its enough for the one year and also please advice the vaccination schedule for me as routinely exposed to rabies virus.

additional information: before the three series and booster dose of vaccination i had already received three doses of rabivax six months back that means 7 doses in one year this is also for non rabid dog bite so it gives protection or i have to start again the vaccination schedule for my current exposure.

this all happen because of affraid, so only am asking this much of questions and now im little bit ok. i think this is my last question to you .expecting your valuable advice thanks in advance
Posted Thu, 27 Sep 2012 in Infections
Answered by Dr. Chandra Shekhar Sharma 2 hours later
Welcome to XXXXXXX
As you have already taken a course of 3 vaccines 6 months ago, some immunity against rabies was already present in your body, thus vaccination you have taken after 2nd time bite has worked as booster dose, and it is expected to raise your immunity status against rabies very fast.
Whenever the biting dog is alive for 10 days, further vaccination is not required.
As both the dogs are alive, you don't require further vaccination.
Though the antibodies will be present in your blood for more then one year, but you will require at least 2 doses on 0 & 3rd day to boost your immunity against rabies.
Thanks for trusting XXXXXXX and posting your query.
Hope you found my response to your query informative and helpful.
If you have further concerns in this regard, I would be happy to discuss those with you as well.
With good wishes,
Dr.Chandra Shekhar Sharma
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Follow-up: Can food or alchol cause vaccine failure? Diet restriction for rabies treatment? 4 hours later
Thanks for your reply doc but on previous thread doctor advice me if I have exposed to dog bite once again I need to get the boosters if it is more than one year from the last vaccine that means if the exposures happen between one year time boosters are not required because the previous doses gives enough antibodies it is ok.

Why I ask this because once again I was exposed to the dog bite it is a stray dog so no chance of follow up the dog but before two months only I take one booster shot and I want to know booster shots are required for each and every exposures.

And please tell me about the booster schedule ( timelimit between receive boosters) for me as routinely exposed to rabies virus in high risk category.

Please I expect answers for all my questions

Answered by Dr. Chandra Shekhar Sharma 56 minutes later
Welcome again,
When anti rabies Vaccines are given before dog bite, it is known as Pre exposure vaccination, but when vaccination is done after dog bite, it is known as Post exposure vaccination. So you come under Post exposure Vaccination category. Under this category there are two options.
(i) Who did not receive proper primary Immunization.
(ii) Who have received primary Immunization.
Proper primary immunization means, three anti rabies vaccines given on 0, 7 & 28th day. Though you have not received it on 0, 7 & 2I/28 day either time, still you can be considered as received primary immunization, because you have received 3+4=7 vaccines within 6 months. Thus you come under II category. Under this category, whenever a dog bites, you should receive 2 doses on 0 & 3 day.
For continuous exposure serology is required to be done every six month, and whenever antibody titer falls below acceptable level, one anti rabies vaccine is given.
For frequent exposure, serology/booster immunization is required every two year.
Thus in my opinion you require 2 dose of 1 ml on 0 & 3rd day.
As you treat your self in high risk group, you can receive 1 ml dose after every one year interval and two doses after every dog bite.
Hope you found my response to your query informative and helpful.
If you have further concerns in this regard, I would be happy to discuss those with you as well.
With good wishes,
Dr.Chandra Shekhar Sharma
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