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Girl survives rabies without vaccine

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http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/13/3695440/all-caps-hed-hereupper-and-lower.html

 

I love happy endings! I would not hesitate however to get this vaccine if my child or myself were bitten or scratched by a feral animal.

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Yeah, it's a happy ending, in that she is alive, but she's probably got a ton of rehab, and surviving it's so rare, I'd absolutely get the vaccine if this were ever an issue.

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What an amazing story! And of course this is not a replacement for the vaccine- does anyone really think that?? headscratch.gif

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What an amazing story! And of course this is not a replacement for the vaccine- does anyone really think that?? headscratch.gif



I'm sure there are people out in the world who would take this and run with it claiming "See people survive rabies, I don't need to take my kid in to get vaxed!"

 

Ignoring the fact that there are only six known cases of people surviving rabies.

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My whole family had to get the rabies vax when I was about 10?.....no reactions from any of us that were obvious. I would DEFINITELY give it to my child if exposed....I've seen enough rabid animals to scare me for life...

 

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Rabies is the one and only vaccine that I would take/administer unequivocally, no questions asked. I'm so glad this girl survived but personally, I would never ever take that chance.

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Does anyone know why the girl wasn't given the rabies vaccine once they realized she had rabies? Was it too late at that point? Just curious.

 

Yeah I would get this one too!

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Does anyone know why the girl wasn't given the rabies vaccine once they realized she had rabies? Was it too late at that point? Just curious.

 

Yeah I would get this one too!



I don't know the specifics of this case, but usually the reason is that once someone manifests the symptoms of rabies they are a few weeks to months out from the exposure.  The vaccine or the immuneglobulin is not helpful once there are nervous system symptoms.

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