How Effective Are The Anti-rabies Vaccination Administered In The Gluteal Region?
A month ago when I went to picnic I got bitten by a stray dog which was provoked accidentally by me. It bit me on my leg on the pants and since I was moving on bike the bite was small without any blood. I went to doctor administered me 5 injections till now out of which 3 were on gluteal region and the rest two on deltoid. I read online that as per Who guidelines the injection should not be administered in gluteal region but on deltoid I raised this concern so the doctor asked me for antibody test. Please advise if I am at risk and go for the test and what would be the right time for test after 5 th a injection. I have attached pics of the bite wound.
Better go for the antibody test.
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Thanks for posting your query.
Well , yes the Injections should have been given on the deltoid . If given on Gluteal region the efficacy of the vaccine will be less ( But not zero ) but still it gives protection to you from Rabies.
Now the question is whether that protection is adequate or not . This shall be answered by the Antibody test. But the antibody test has to be done after 2-3 weeks of last injection.
So you have two options .
1. Do the Antibody test 3 weeks from the 5th injection.
2. Consider the fifth Injection as the first dose and take 4 more injection on Deltoid.
Hope this information was useful to you.
Any clarifications feel free to ask.
The bite wound is small an I have already taken two on deltoid is there still a risk? Please let me know as I am really worried.
Better to have adequate protection.
Yes the wound is small but since you have taken the vaccination it is rational to get an adequate protection from the vaccination taken . I am not telling that you are at risk of Rabies but since vaccination has been done , let it be done in a proper way .