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Pricked by hair of bleeding cat. Do I need vaccination like rabies?

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I am resident of Punjab, India. few days back, 5 days back to be precise, a stray cat was accidentally hit by my car in front of my house and died there after bleeding a lot. I was really upset and tense about this. And kept thinking of it for an hour or so. Then to do what ever i could i picked the cat by hand and buried it in a pit. However i felt that during this picking the hairs of cat pricked my hand. I could feel the irritation of pricking though i could not find any visible scratches.
Now my query is that do i need any kind of vaccination like rabies etc.
In case you recommend that, then i would like to mention here that i had a suspected bite case in 6 months ago. Then i had three injections of rabipur at intervals of 0, 3 and 7 days. Will that protection be still available in mybody or do i need to get fresh vaccination. If yes then what course of vaccination should i follow?
Please advice. I am really tense. I will be very thankful to you for this.
Posted Sat, 22 Sep 2012 in Infections
Follow-up: Pricked by hair of bleeding cat. Do I need vaccination like rabies? 9 minutes later
It is worth mentioning here that i get anxiety very soon. Even last time it was just out of fear that i had the course of those three injections otherwise there wasn't any requirement. I was just touched by the animal at that time. Now if i go for further vaccination will it have any side effects on my body? I could not sleep last night because of this tension.
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 43 minutes later
Thanks for posting your query.
The chances of getting a rabies infection by the way you hav edescribed is very unlikely. A direct contact with blood or body secretions liek saliva is needed for the infection to occur.
Since you had a full course of anti rabies vaccination just six months back ,you really don`t need to repeat vaccination. You are already immunised as the effect of a single course of vaccination persists for three years.
Please do not worry and just relax.
Hope this answers your query. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal.
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