Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Medical Is Dog/Animal Rabies Vaccine Dangerous to Humans ?

  1. Nov 5, 2011 #1
    A friend of mine was giving his dogs preventative shots of Rabies Vaccine himself due to his village's remote location and no veterinatians in the region.
    The skin on his hands was exposed to a drops of vaccine while he was administering the syringe. No cuts, scratches etc, just a drop of liquid vaccine which was later washed away with a soap.
    He consulted his veterinarian in the city, who said its nothing to worry about. Especially because no cuts or scratches were present. But I wanted to recheck for him on the web.

    During my research every single website said that the vaccine cannot cause rabies as it is made from dead rabies virus. But the sources were providing the information in context of human vaccine effect on humans and animal vaccine effect on animals. This particular case is about animal vaccine effect on humans.

    So the question is - may Dog/Animal Rabies Vaccine be Dangerous to Humans when exposed to undamaged human skin ?

    I understand the question may not be adequately formulated or this is not the right place to ask it. But I would appreciate any information you could provide.
    Thank you in advance.
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 6, 2011 #2


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Why do you think the vaccine could be dangerous? The virus in a vaccine is inactivated and this should be checked for each batch before it is marketed. Since we do not have any further details about the particular vaccine in question, we can't say much more.

    If you really want to know for certain, contact the manufacturer and ask about the regulations.

    Also, the skin needs to be broken or the virus needs to touch mucous membranes in order to establish an infection, look at the following Occupational Health Form: http://www.bu.edu/rohp/files/2011/09/Rabies-Virus-AISv1-5-August-31-2011.pdf [Broken]
    Last edited by a moderator: May 5, 2017
  4. Nov 6, 2011 #3
    Thank you for a reply Monique.
    The reason I'm asking this question is because I am not sure if a Dog/Animal Vaccine is dangerous to Humans.
    I will find out the manufacturer and check with them.
    Thanks again.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook