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I was recently bitten by a dog in Milwaukee. Is there anything that I should know about the rabies vaccination?

With any dog bite in Wisconsin, rabies should always be a top concern. Rabies is a virus that may be transmitted to people from the saliva of an infected dog. Once the virus is contacted and the victim begins to show signs of infection, there is little hope: rabies is usually fatal at this point.

If you have been bitten by a dog in Milwaukee, it is important that you receive the rabies vaccine in order to protect yourself. To receive the rabies vaccine, you will need to contact your doctor and advise him of your situation.

In order to be more familiar with the vaccine you should know:

  • Not everyone needs it. Not every dog bite victim requires the rabies vaccine. If the dog is known and records are available that the dog has received rabies shots, the victim will not need to get the vaccine.
     
  • There are three types of vaccination. Many people are unaware that there are three different types of vaccines that may be used. All three vaccines—human diploid cell vaccine, purified Vero cell rabies vaccine, and purified chick embryo vaccine—can be administered intramuscularly.
     
  • They will be done in a series of shots. The vaccine must be given more than just once. Your doctor will administer the shots on days 1, 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Fortunately, with proper care and treatment, rabies can be prevented. However, many other injuries and infections cannot. To seek compensation for these damages, contact a Wisconsin dog bite lawyer at Hupy and Abraham

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham