Pennsylvania health officials published a very informative health advisory on Wednesday concerning Rabies Post Exposure Prophylaxis, which is definitely worth sharing.
Below is the summary plus a link to the full advisory:
- Rabies Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is indicated for patients with high-risk exposures such as bites and scratches from wild or potentially rabid animals.
- For non-previously immunized individuals, PEP includes a single dose of Human Rabies
Immunoglobin (HRIG) and rabies vaccine series administered on the day of exposure, with
subsequent doses given on days 3, 7 and 14 following exposure. Immunocompromised
individuals should receive a fifth dose on day 28.
- For previously immunized individuals, PEP treatment is two doses of rabies vaccine given on
days 0 and 3. HRIG should not be administered to previously immunized individuals.
- HRIG should be infiltrated in and around the wound. Excess HRIG should be given
intramuscularly at a separate anatomical site from the rabies vaccine.
- Rabies vaccine should be given intramuscularly (IM) and should NOT be administered
in the gluteal area.
- It is important to ensure that HRIG and rabies vaccine are given properly, as improper
administration could result in their poor uptake.
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