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Had rabies vaccination, got bitten by dog. Do i need vaccination again?

Hi. I am Louis Mendoza and I am 12 years old. When I was 9 or 10 I got a rabies vaccination cause' I got bitten by a dog 1-2 years old. And then I got bitten by a dog with rabies free injection (4months old dog) But the injection of the dog is not yet complete. Do I have to get a vaccination again or am I RABIES free? Thanks :)
Asked On : Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

You should get vaccinated again.

If you got your complete vaccination done previously now only post exposure prophylaxis is required.

Else you should get complete course of rabies vaccination.

Also you should get tetanus toxoid.

Hope this helps.
Take care.
Answered: Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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Critical Care Specialist Dr. Sadiq Mughal's  Response
Hi thanks for your question.
The duration of immunity afforded to humans by a 2 injection vaccination course was found to be between 2 to 3 years Following administration of booster dose recommended at one year demonstrate a protective levels of neutralizing antibodies at 10 years.
Since only 2 years have passed since you have recived rabbies vaccine there is no need to take vaccine this time.However consultation with a local phsician is advisible.
Hope this answers your question.
Answered: Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. E Venkata Ramana's  Response
Feb 2013

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

If you have taken complete schedule ( 5 doses of injections on 0,3,7,14,28 days) of rabies vaccination at the age of 9 or 10 years, now you will require 3 injections of rabies vaccine on 0, 3, and 7th day.

So you need vaccination against rabies at present again but with only 3 injections.

So consult your Physician for vaccination.

Hope I have answered your query.

Answered: Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Yes, without doubt...
Even in doubt, give the benefit of doubt and take!
Because Rabies is NOT curable, but preventable
So vaccination is a must in this situation...
Is it not better to be safe than sorry?

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. S. Jegadeesan's  Response
Rabies is a viral infection transmitted in the saliva of infected mammals You are 12/girl. You had dog bite 2 or 3 yrs back for which you have taken the rabies vaccine. After that also you had a dog bite but when not known and the dog has not competed course of rabies vaccination. Even though the dog is alive, dog is not having symptoms of rabies it better to have at lest 3 inj. of rabipur instead of 5, at 0-3-7 interval to get a mental relaxation.
Best wishes
Answered: Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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