Rabies is a dangerous sickness caused by a virus that can make animals and humans sick. It spreads through bites or scratches from infected animals like dogs, bats, and raccoons. The virus gets into the body through wounds or the eyes when an infected animal bites, scratches, or saliva touching an open wound.
Once a person or animal gets sick with rabies, it can be very serious and even deadly. People and animals with rabies might act strangely, become aggressive, or have trouble moving. They can get very sick, and there’s no cure once the symptoms start.
Rabies is a viral disease that can be prevented with a vaccine. It’s a type of sickness that animals can give to humans. Most often, domestic dogs pass on the rabies virus to people. But it can affect all sorts of animals, both pets and wild ones. The virus spreads when an infected animal bites or scratches someone, and it usually happens through their spit.
Rabies is found all around the world, except in Antarctica. Most of the people who die from rabies live in Asia and Africa. Rabies is considered one of the Neglected Tropical diseases, which means it mostly affects poor and vulnerable people who live far away from cities.
Overview of Rabies Vaccination
Every year, lots of people get a special shot after animal bites to stop a bad disease called rabies. This shot helps prevent many deaths. Rabies costs about $8.6 billion every year worldwide.
To keep people safe, dogs need shots too. These shots stop rabies from spreading to people. When dogs get their shots, fewer people get sick. Dogs also need shots for other illnesses when they’re little and then once a year. Some dogs get shots every three years when they’re older.
Rabies is very serious, and in many places, dogs have to get shots for it by law. Dogs should get their first rabies shot around 14 weeks old and another one a year later. After that, they might need more shots every one to three years, depending on the rules in your area.
What To Do After Accidental Double Dose Of Rabies Vaccine
Sometimes, doctors or nurses accidentally give the wrong amount of a vaccine to people. This can happen when there are vaccines for both kids and adults. If someone gets too much rabies vaccine by mistake, it’s okay, and they won’t likely have problems. But it’s not good to have too much vaccine in the body.
When these mistakes happen, it’s important to figure out why and make sure they don’t happen again. Even if someone gets an extra vaccine, they still need the right doses later on.
This kind of mix-up can also happen to animals, like dogs, when they get rabies shots. Usually, it’s not a big problem, but sometimes dogs might feel a bit sick or different, and in very rare cases, they might even die.
Research shows that small dogs might feel sick after getting lots of shots together, but it’s usually just for a few days. Some reactions might go away after a while, but a few cases could cause more serious problems.
What Are the Consequences of a Double Dose?
If you accidentally get two rabies vaccine doses, it’s usually okay, but there are a few things to watch out for:
If any of these things happen after getting too much rabies vaccine, it’s important to see a doctor right away.