Rabies vaccines are intended for the prevention and treatment of rabies in children and adults, wrote the former head of the Ministry of Health, Ulyana Suprun.
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Rabies – what is it? A deadly viral disease, the development of which can be prevented by vaccination of humans and vaccination of animals.
Rabies virus is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of infected animals, and in 99% of cases the source of infection is dogs.
Remember that after a bite you do not need to wait for symptoms! Even if the bite was not up to blood, the saliva of an infected animal could get scratched, and this is a direct threat of infection.
What to do if a dog bites you
Wash the affected area immediately and thoroughly with plenty of soap and water. This simple procedure is important and can save a life. Disinfect the wound with an antiseptic based on alcohol or iodine (hydrogen peroxide will not help). Contact your nearest health facility. If you are not sure that the animal was healthy, you should definitely get vaccinated with an rabies vaccine.
Get rabies vaccinations and vaccinate your pets
If possible, contact the veterinarian with an animal that has bitten you and for which you have a suspicion of rabies in order to conduct a study of this animal. If possible, the animal should be quarantined for 10 days for observation. Preventive treatment can be interrupted if it is confirmed that the animal is not infected with rabies. If the animal cannot be found and tested, it is necessary to conduct a full course of preventive vaccinations. Always vaccinate against rabies pets (dogs and cats). Take a preventive vaccination if your work is associated with a risk of infection, in particular if you work as a veterinarian, huntsman, forester, in laboratories that work with animals.
Remember that when biting animals, infection with the causative agent of tetanus is also possible. Tetanus vaccines are available at public utilities.
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