Do You Need Another VAR Injection After You Have Been Injected With Anti-Tetanus?

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Hello, I want to ask, two days ago at 5 pm I was bitten by a cat. Then I immediately washed it with water with rivanol and betadine. After that, at 9pm I went to the doctor and immediately got a tetanus injection and was given antibiotics, painkillers, and swelling relievers. Now the swelling is slightly deflated and the bite wound is dry. the question is, do I need another VAR injection after yesterday’s anti-Tetanus injection?

1 Answer:

Hi Chikasalim .. Thank you for the question.

When someone is bitten by a cat, a good first step is to clean the wound under running water for 10-15 minutes, after which you can clean it with betadine and alcohol, the steps you have taken are correct enough for initial treatment. Then it is better to see a doctor for further treatment. If the bite is deep, bleeding profusely, hits several places, the doctor may recommend a rabies vaccine. Rabies vaccine injection is done to prevent the virus from entering through the saliva or scratches of animals that have been infected with rabies. Rabies infects many dogs while cats and monkeys only 2%. Whether or not you need a VAR injection can be based on the advice of the doctor who examined you and saw how likely the animal that bit you was infected with rabies. Animals infected with rabies will appear more aggressive, drool, and suddenly die. To anticipate contracting rabies you can continue to vaccinate against rabies, treat wounds properly, avoid handling wounds, and take painkillers and antibiotics given by doctors.

Read also: rabies treatment

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