The rabies Post-Exposure Prophylaxis aka the PEP vaccine isn’t necessary for every animal bite. But it is a decision that is best left up to your doctor and local health officials.
Rabies is a virus that is spread through saliva or nervous tissue. Any bite, big or small, that punctures the skin can spread the disease.
After the onset of symptoms, rabies is 100 percent fatal. Time is the most important factor in preventing illness. After any bite that breaks the skin, seek immediate medical attention.
A lot of people wonder, do I need a rabies shot after a bite? Here are some general guidelines on what to expect.
You can only be 100 percent sure you are safe from rabies or any other infections, after you’ve been checked out by a doctor.
If the dog or cat that bit you starts acting rabid or your doctor determines you need a rabies shot, don’t worry. The shot isn’t particularly menacing and is safe for kids. Current rabies vaccines are given in the arm like a flu shot and are relatively painless.
You will receive five shots over the course of 14 days.
If you were exposed to rabies in a pet attack, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical expenses and sufferings. At Bergener Mirejovsky, our dog bite lawyers have helped many bite victims get rabies shots, surgery, and other medical care with no out of pocket costs.
You’re not on your own. If you have questions on how to proceed after your dog or cat bite, call 1-800-881-2021.