Do not skip the entire immunisation because rabies can kill after years: Experts

A 14-year-old boy was admitted to the Government Stanley Medical College Hospital in Chennai . He was diagnosed with rabies, failed to respond to therapy, and died in the hospital .

CHENNAI: A 14-year-old boy was admitted to the Government Stanley Medical College Hospital earlier this year with signs of hyperactivity, excitable behaviour, and hydrophobia after being bit by a dog for eight years.He was diagnosed with rabies, failed to respond to therapy, and died in the hospital.According to his vaccination reports, he had been given five doses of anti-rabies vaccine, but the boy was not given the recommended immunoglobulin.According to Dr S Chandrasekar, the head of the Stanley Hospital department of general medicine, that could have stopped viruses from entering the central nervous system and prevented death.

According to admission records to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital and Institute of Child Health in 2021 and 2022, the majority of patients were admitted to the hospital two weeks to three months after a dog bite.All patients had failed vaccinations and were tested only after showing signs.They died within a week of being admitted.Rabies are one of the greatest preventable diseases caused by a virus that is spread through the saliva of an infected animal.

According to public health specialists, death is preventable.Vaccines given soon after exposure are nearly 100 percent effective.To victims of an animal bite, all state government hospitals, including primary health centers, provide free vaccinations.Yet, only 90% of people complete the course, he said.