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Our podcast Rodney Versus Death tells the story of a doctor who does battle with one of the most deadly viruses in the world: rabies. We picked up a bunch of strange tidbits during our research -- test your knowledge with our rabies quiz!
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If you are talking about the vaccination for rabies in humans they are good for much longer than 6-12 months. You do require a titer check to see how your body responds to the vaccination. In general the vaccine lasts for a number of years. I was vaccinated almost 10 years ago and my titer levels still offer protection from the virus. That said, if exposure was proven, I would still undergo post exposure shots. This is just to be sure and also, you do not want to mess with rabies!
photophobia or oversensitivity to light actually is a symptom on advance cases of rabis infection. Also, the rabies vaccine in dogs has been shown to give protection for a number of years in dogs.
People are not vaccinated for rabies on a regular basis because the vaccination is a series of 4 shots. It you are a person who regularly may come in contact with species who may have rabies you get the first 3 shots. This is so that the 4th shot can be administer as quickly as possibly to save your life if you are bitten. The shots however are only effective for a short period of time, 6-12 months. So if we were to vaccinate everyone for rabies, we would be getting shots very often.
Why aren't people vaccinated for Rabies? Along with the normal suite of vaccinations. Not common enough?
2 rabid bats found in city park in Seattle this summer. http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/news/2013/13082001.aspx
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