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Old 02-05-2004, 07:57 AM   #1
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Question Rabies shots...still given abdominally?

If someone has to have rabies shots after being bitten by an animal that potentially is a rabies carrier, do they still have to get them in the stomach? I 've heard that the new treatment is a reduced number down to 5 or 6 which as I understand are given in different locations (arms, hips, buttocks) rather than in the stomach. I was told by a friend that her younger sister who lives in South America recently was bitten by an animal, and had to receive the treatment, but she only received the 5 or 6 injections, but they were all administered in her stomach. Is this new regimen of shots still suited to be administerd abdominally? It used to be from 21 to 30 stomach injections, but finally was lowered to the 5 or 6 But, apparently these shots can be given in the stomach? Is that true? Anyone know?

 
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Old 02-05-2004, 09:28 AM   #2
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Re: Rabies shots...still given abdominally?

I know very little about rabies vaccine but what I did find confirms what you wrote. The AAP now recommends rabies vaccine at time of exposure and then at 3,7,14 & 28 days after exposure for a total of five. They are given in the shoulder. Safety in stomach? The material
I've found doesn't say. Good luck in your research

 
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Old 02-09-2004, 07:42 AM   #3
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Re: Rabies shots...still given abdominally?

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I know very little about rabies vaccine but what I did find confirms what you wrote. The AAP now recommends rabies vaccine at time of exposure and then at 3,7,14 & 28 days after exposure for a total of five. They are given in the shoulder. Safety in stomach? The material
I've found doesn't say. Good luck in your research
Thanks for your reply. So far I've not gotten any more information. As a youngster I went through the 21 painful stomach injections, and I thought those shots were no longer given in that manner. Again thanks for replying.

 
Old 05-26-2004, 06:03 PM   #4
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Re: Rabies shots...still given abdominally?

You do receive 5 injections now and they are typically given in or around the site of the potential exposure/wound. I had them last year. Not very painful but reaction can be unpleasant and flulike.

 
Old 06-18-2004, 09:13 AM   #5
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Re: Rabies shots...still given abdominally?

I've had the rabies vaccine...it's 4 shots I think of immunoglobulin, to give immediate passive immunity...then 5 shots in the arm over 28 days to give active immunity. It wasn't that bad...but I delayed a while because I was scared, thinking it was still the shots in the stomach thing. I looked it up on the internet, found out the truth, then had the shots. I really think the cdc needs to be more aggressive in putting out this info...I might have delayed too long, scared to get shots in the stomach!

 
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