Can A Cat Be Tetanus Vaccine Only If It Is Bitten?
I was bitten by a small cat on the right hand. Then I went straight to the puskesmas but was only given the tetanus vaccine. The official said if the cat died, then I was injected VAR. Is that okay. ?Thank you.
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. When someone is bitten by a cat, the potential diseases that can be suffered are:
Inflammation of joints, muscles or skin
The most feared are the first two possibilities above. Regarding your question, to more easily understand it, see the flow chart below by the Ministry of Health:
If it is too small or invisible to you, you can see it by clicking this link. The diagram shows the flow of handling in cases of dog bites, cats, monkeys, monkeys or other animals that are considered to be able to transmit rabies. The point is that not all cases are handled the same. needs to be distinguished whether the animal can be captured or run away, whether the wound is high or low risk, if the animal can be caught whether dead or not after 10-14 days and so on.
From what the officer said, which is waiting for the cat to die or not, we assume that the cat did not run away or is still present. If so, and if your injury is judged to be at low risk by an officer, there is no need to directly inject VAR or antirabies vaccines.
Of course, if you are waiting for it to experience various symptoms, whatever they are, immediately consult a doctor again as a form of prevention. So, hopefully answering your question.