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Anti rabies vaccination - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello, I have 2 month old dog. He has not been vaccinated yet. And he licked me in the mouth but my mouth was closed. I had anti rabies vaccine 1 year ago.. should i worry that i could get rabies now? please help me.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr here
User :   did you get my message?
User :   yeah hi
Doctor :   Let me read what you have typed
User :   sure
User :   I'm just worried that I might get rabies because my dog licked me in the mouth but my mouth was closed.
Doctor :   When did he lick you?
User :   can i get rabies from that? im not sure if my dog has rabies. he is only 2 months old, we bought him 1 week ago from a friend who sells dogs
User :   just 10 minutes ago
User :   i was carrying him then he pulled his head near my face
User :   something wet touched my lips
User :   im not sure if it was his nose or his mouth
Doctor :   Is he fine till now? Do you have any idea that were his parents fine or not?
User :   well, i think he's fine now. I'm not sure about his parents.
Doctor :   Ok did he just lick you? Was there any bite?
User :   I'm not sure if that was a lick. Because when he placed his head near my face, my initial reaction was to close my eyes and close my mouth. and then something wet touched my lips.
User :   there was no bite at all
Doctor :   I dont think that you require any vaccination right now. But get your dog properly vaccinated later
User :   what if that was a real lick? should i worry about getting rabies?
Doctor :   As it will protect him later
Doctor :   No it is usually transferred by bite only.
Doctor :   Also you got yourself vaccinated last year
User :   i had anti rabies last year 2009, will it somehow protect me from rabies?
Doctor :   When in 2009 did you get vaccinated?
User :   i think april 2009
Doctor :   Rabies is usually transferred by the bite which helps in transfer of infection. Just licking cannot transfer.
User :   is it true that dogs only releases rabies when angry?
Doctor :   The virus has to enter through the cut or abrasion for the effect
Doctor :   No its not like that only when angry dog will release rabies.
Doctor :   If dog is rabid it can release anytime'
User :   okay. anyway, my time is limited. so i should not worry right now?
Doctor :   Yes you need not
User :   will vaccine i got last april help?
Doctor :   Get a repeat vaccination done after sometime.
Doctor :   To help in additional protection
Doctor :   And to make yourself sure
User :   how many months is the effectivity of the antu rabies?
Doctor :   It should be repeated once a year
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