When Should I Get Rabies Vaccine?



When should I get rabies vaccine is a common question for people that have high-risk exposure of rabies. Rabies is caused by rabies virus and it can lead person who is infected to death. The earlier treatment when person is bitten by animal can prevent this infectious disease. There are two kinds of rabies vaccines and the different categories of exposure. Here are the categories and the treatment that you should do when get bitten by animal:

Category 1

Exposure to Infection:

- Touching or feeding animals

- Animal licking on open wounds (no exposure)

Treatments:

- If you haven’t been vaccinated, wash the surface area of the exposed wound. Vaccine for post exposure is not necessary.

- If you have been vaccinated, post exposure re-vaccination will not be needed.

Category II

Exposure to Infection:

- Bites on uncovered skin

- Small scratches with no bleeding

Treatments:

- If you haven’t been vaccinated, wash the wound and get vaccination immediately. Anti Rabies Serum (SAR) is not indicated.

- If you have been vaccinated, wash the wound and get vaccination immediately. Anti Rabies Serum (SAR) is not indicated.

Category III

Exposure to Infection:

- Deep bite wounds or scratches contaminated with animal's saliva

- Direct contact with bats (heavy exposure)

Treatments:

- If you haven't been vaccinated, wash the wound and get vaccination immediately. Anti Rabies Serum (Human Rabies Immunoglobuline) is indicated.

- If you have been vaccinated, wash the wound and get vaccination immediately. Anti Rabies Serum (Human Rabies Immunoglobuline) is indicated.

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