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Had dog bite. Dog vaccinated a year back. Take 5 doses or 1 dose of antirabies vaccine?

Hello Doctor, 4 days back i encountered a dog bite (pet dog and vaccinated 1 year back) to the right leg, open wound and bled. I washed off with soap water and iodine for 10 minutes and went to a GP and got a dose of anti rabies vaccine injected intramuscularly. Now my question is do i have to take 5 doses or just 1 is enough as the dog is vaccinated already.
Asked On : Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Thanks for your query,
As you know rabies is a nearly fatal disease.
Management of dog bite has to be prompt irrespective of immunization status of dog.
In your case it is category 3 bite so i advise you to take complete vaccination as per schedule
Day 0,3,7,14,28..
you should also take HRIG within 7 days.

Wishing you good health
God bless.
Answered: Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician, Cardiology Dr. Pradeep Kumar's  Response
Even if your pet has been vaccinated for rabies you need to get atleast initial three doses of vaccine as you don't know that vaccination has sufficiently developed antibodies in your pet.
Side effect of rabies vaccination is very very rare and rabies itself is a lethal disease there is no harm in getting vaccinated for rabies.
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