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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 01:34 PM
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Why were rabies shots formerly given in the stomach? For people, I mean. nt
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Creationismsucks Donating Member (205 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 01:38 PM
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1. "Formerly"?


You mean they aren't still in the stomach?
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GodlessBiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 01:42 PM
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2. Yeah. No more 20 shots in the stomach. Usually 5-7 shots in the upper arm or butt.
I don't know why it used to be in the stomach.
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 02:34 PM
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5. Five injections today... see my post below for details & history
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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 01:43 PM
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3. My understanding of it was that the abdomen was the only
area with sufficient area to administer so many (20+) injections in a short time period. But I don't know for sure. My older brother was bitten by a rabid squirrel on the White House lawn in 1951 (Truman and rabid squirrels . . . hmm). He had to have the shots in the abdomen.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 02:42 PM
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6. Squirrels with rabies is very uncommon...has your brother's luck changed?
Or is he leading one of those "why always me?" sorts of existance?
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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 04:32 PM
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7. Nope - he got past that incident a long time ago.
Is it rare in squirrels? What I wrote is the sum total of what I (think I) know about rabies - thank you for the information.

I'll have to tell him - he'll be impressed that not only is he the only one in the family who has ever been exposed to rabies, but also that he was exposed by a critter that is rarely infected!
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qazplm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 06:05 PM
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8. it is
I was accidentally bitten by a squirrel as I was hand feeding him. I also found out rabies and squirrels is very rare.

Funny thing is, about two weeks after being bitten, I started getting a sore throat!

But since it's been something like 8-9 years, I'd guess it's fair to say the squirrel wasn't rabid.
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 02:12 PM
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9. It sounds like you may be infected with squirrel throat, which is always fatal and takes
9.5 years to kill you.
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 09:32 PM
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10. Why do you have to be such a jerk about it?
Edited on Sun Dec-28-08 09:33 PM by Orrex
The correct prognosis is 9.75 years.

Jeez!
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 09:46 PM
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11. My bad!
:fistbump:
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 02:32 PM
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4. Historical Treatment of Rabies...
Historically, Duck embryo vaccine (DEV) was injected into the abdominal fat on each 14 successive days or more, if needed. The injections were painful due to the sensitivity of abdominal muscles. The abdomen was chosen because of the ability to expose the body to the virus for a longer period--the virus is absorbed slowly from among the fat cells in the abdomen..


Today, vaccines are developed from human cell lines and are far more safe. Post exposure treatment includes not only the vaccine but high dose immune (antibody containing) globulin. A total of five injections given in the arm with the first dose administered as soon as possible after exposure. Additional doses should be administered on days 3, 7, 14, (NOT the buttocks).
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