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Bitten by a dog two weeks ago. Taken rabies vaccine in the past. How long is it effective?

good morning: regarding the rabbies vaccine . how long the effect of the vaccine is covering a person? my aunt was bitten 2 weeks ago but she does not want to have the vaccine because she think the dog was fine( no way to be sure) and she said that if you take the vaccine now then later if she really need it will have no effect.. is that true?
Asked On : Thu, 20 Dec 2012
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Pediatrician, Surgery 's  Response
The duration of rabies vaccine is usually dependent on the type of vaccine given. Generally the ones in use nowadays last 5 years. Still i recommend that she gets herself vaccinated. Once its late it will not have nay effect. First dose should go in 72 hours. The routine usually is 0,3,7,14,28 days. If the dog is well at the end of 10 days shhe may skip the last two doses. But stilll she should get vaccinated.
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Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon Dr. Souvik Adhikari's  Response
Regarding your query, rabies vaccine is effective for a period of 2-3 years and usually a booster is recommended at 1 year after an initial vaccination. If an animal bites and the animal is normal 10 days after the bite then a rabies vaccination is not necessary. However, your aunt can always get the booster dose depending on when she took the vaccine so as to boost her immunity.
Answered: Fri, 21 Dec 2012
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