Well, when my jogging daughter was bitten by a non-immunized dog that jumped over a fence in the owner's yard in 2008 - neither the hospital nor the local health department recommended starting immunization shots for my daughter until the end of the 10 day observation period. And I pushed both agencies for the immunization-they did not budge. Fortunately, the dog cleared the observation period and my daughter's arm healed quite well, but there's an example of another "medical professional" (MD's at both the hospital and the health department) suggesting that a person wait before initiating immunization treatment.
John P. Koch
GNC Live Well
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I have never heard of a medical professional suggesting that a p
I have never heard of a medical professional suggesting that a person wait until an animal has been tested for rabies. The protocol is a a person has to be immunized as soon as possible after the incident with 4 shots being given on the 1rst, 3rd, 7th and 14th days. The CDC also indicates this in their brochure at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-rabies.pdf. The 10 day rule that you refer to is the isolation period for suspect animals to determine if they are infected not a waiting period before beginning treatment.
Occupational Health & Safety Practitioner
Abbotsford, British Columbia
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