7 Things to Know About the Rabies Vaccine

Rabies Vaccination: A Life-Saving Tool in the Fight Against Death

The Rabies Vaccine: A Vital Tool for Preventing Death

Dr. Bui Thanh Phong, Medical Manager of the VNVC Vaccination System, emphasized the importance of timely rabies vaccination to prevent this deadly disease. Despite widespread awareness, many deaths still occur due to lack of vaccination after being bitten or scratched by animals. In the first three months of 2024, 27 deaths from rabies were reported in Vietnam, highlighting the urgency of vaccination.

To ensure that people understand the importance and are vaccinated promptly, Dr. Phong outlined seven key points regarding rabies vaccination. It is essential to receive the vaccine early after an animal bite to produce specific antibodies that prevent the rabies virus from reaching the nervous system. Even if the animal appears healthy after a bite, vaccination is still necessary as the virus can have a long incubation period before symptoms manifest.

Vaccination should be accompanied by anti-rabies serum for enhanced effectiveness. Contrary to popular beliefs, people vaccinated against rabies do not need to abstain from sexual activity. However, during the vaccination period, it is advisable to avoid strenuous physical activities and substances that may reduce the efficacy of the vaccine.

A single shot of the vaccine is insufficient to provide long-term immunity, necessitating a full regimen prescribed by a healthcare professional to prevent illness and death. Pregnant women can safely receive the rabies vaccine without altering the vaccination schedule. There is no evidence of fetal abnormalities due to vaccination, making it a crucial preventive measure for expectant mothers.

The cost of rabies vaccines varies depending on the facility and type of vaccine, ranging from 250,000 VND to 500,000 VND per dose. Accessing vaccination facilities such as hospitals, health centers, and clinics is essential to receive timely and effective rabies prevention.

By understanding the importance of rabies vaccination and following medical advice

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