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Was scratched by dog. No blood. Should I take vaccination?

heelo sir,
i m frm delhi.on wedneday morning at 10 am my 3 month old dog was playing with me.he suddenly run over my leg n his nails gave me a scratch on my leg .i m worried about is not vaccinated against the rabies.scratch is very mild and there was no blood .what should i do should i go for a vaccination.i wash the scratch with soap soon after i got it .if i need vaccination den please tell me this rabies vaccination hav any harm or side effect in the future
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Asked On : Mon, 15 Apr 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Welcome to HCM,

I went through the details submitted. You reported that you had a nail scratch by dog and the dog is not vaccinated,
As rabies has no cure,
it is advisable to go for vaccination for any suspicious exposure.
Usually it is bite and exposure to saliva which transmits virus.
albeit chances of rabies very very negligible, through scratch wounds.
However in your case, I would suggest you to take post exposure vaccination at the earliest - active vaccination with HDCV on day 0.3,7,14 and 28.
You can observe the dog if dog is healthy 3 doses are sufficient.
These new vaccine are very safe do not worry at all.
Take care
Good Luck
Answered: Wed, 17 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Synthyia Bhagat's  Response
Thanks for your query.
Rabies is a fatal disease so no chance can be taken.
I suggest you to get yourself vaccinated as per schedule that is day 0,3,7,14 and 28.
Observe dog for 10 days and if it remains healthy you can skip last two doses after discussion with your doctor.
relax,rabies vaccine is completely safe.

Wishing you good health.
God bless..
Answered: Mon, 15 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Sadaf Akhtar's  Response
Hello dear hope ,,,,,,,, You are worried for scabies,,,,dear in scabies there are four categories of scabies wound in which one category is a scratch,,,you have scratch. Plus you say dogis not vaccinated you sholud be vaccinated ,,,,hurry up ,,,,,,,plus observe dog for 10 days
Answered: Wed, 17 Apr 2013
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