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It is a lyophilized, purified, inactivated Rabies vaccine containing inactivated Rabies Virus {L. Pasteur 2061/Vero Strain propagated in Vero cells).' Rabies is an acute viral disease which causes fatal encephalomyelitis in virtually all the warm blooded animals including man. The virus can be found in wild and some domestic animals and is transmitted through their saliva {i.e., bites, scratches, licks on broken skin and mucous membrane) to other animals and humans.

Indications:

Pre Exposure Vaccination (Prior to exposure to rabies virus)

This is indicated for all high risk groups of people such as:
  • Laboratory staff handling the virus and infected material
  • Clinicians and persons attending to human rabies cases
  • Veterinarians
  • Animal handlers and catchers
  • Wildlife wardens
  • Quarantine officers; and
  • Travelers from rabies free areas to rabies endemic areas

Post Exposure Vaccination (after known/ suspected exposure to rabies virus)

This is indicated for:
  • Persons after contact with/ bite by a suspected case of or a rabid animal.
  • See Table 1 for WHO recommendations for course of action to be taken after contact with a suspected or confirmed rabid animal.

Dose administration:

Reconstituted vaccine of 0.5 ml to be administered by deep intramuscular route in the deltoid region in adults and anterolateral aspect of thigh in children.

Adverse Events:

Local minor events: Mild pain, erythema, induartion, pruritus, oedema at the site of injection. Systemic mild events: Mild fever, headache, myalgia, nausea, dizziness. Very rarely: High fever, gastrointestinal symptoms, lymphadenopathy, erythema multiforme, rash, arthritis and anaphylaxis