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Hello, I'm Tom from the Netherlands (Holland). January 2013 I had booked a vacation to Jordan and Dubai in the Middle East. At that time I read about the necessary vaccinations to go on a far journey. A optional vaccination seemed to be "Rabies". Since I read the vaccination-advise, I had become very very very scared to "Rabies". That's why I took Pre-exposure prophylaxis (3-shots) in march/april 2013. I went to Jordan and Dubai from 25th of april to the 9th of may 2013. In Jordan I became very scared because a stray cat had scratched me on my leg. Because the limited transportation possibilities I got my post-exposure prophylaxis of 2-shots in Dubai 4 days later. Now, I'm very scared of two things: First: is it possible that the vaccinations I took won't work, because these are not reliable? The vaccination I got in Dubai was: 1 Ml SII Rabivax (Liquid) form India (Based on Human Diploid cells). So, do I need to take another vaccination here in Holland? Second: Do you think I took the post-exposure prophylaxis of 2-shots too late? Because I took the vaccinations 4 days later. I would ask you to answer my questions. Could you please help me? I'm looking forward to your answer. Best regards, ***** *****
Dear Dr. German,
Thank you for your fast answer.
Before I went to Jordan I took a Tetanus-shot for 10 years protection. As a child I also received a Tetanus Vaccination, so I think I'm fully protected. But I'll ask my doctor.
Okay, so the Rabies vaccin I took in Dubai would be fine?
But I took the vaccinations 4 days after the (probably rabid) cat scratched me. So, "DAY 0" was 4 days later and "DAY 3" 7 days later. Like I said, prior to the journey I took 3 Pre-exposure Shots.
So do I have to worry that I will still get Rabies, despite the post-exposure vaccinations I took (too late)?
P.s. Hope you can understand my poor English (I'm Dutch)...