Rabies is a deadly disease with a high fatality rate, and immediate vaccination is crucial to prevent it. Despite widespread awareness, many deaths still occur due to lack of vaccination after being bitten or scratched by animals. In the first three months of 2024, 27 rabies deaths were reported in Vietnam, highlighting the urgency of vaccination.

Dr. Bui Thanh Phong, Medical Manager of the VNVC Vaccination System, emphasized the importance of timely vaccination to prevent rabies. He outlined seven key points about rabies vaccination to ensure people understand the importance and get vaccinated right away. It is essential to receive the vaccine early after the animal bite in order to produce specific antibodies that prevent the rabies virus from reaching the nervous system. Vaccination should be followed by anti-rabies serum to improve effectiveness. Even if the animal appears healthy after being bitten, vaccination is still necessary because the virus can have a long incubation period before symptoms manifest.

Contrary to popular belief, people who have been vaccinated against rabies do not need to abstain from sexual activity. However, during the vaccination period it is advisable to avoid strenuous physical activities and substances that can reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine. A single shot of the vaccine is not enough to provide long-term immunity, so a full regimen prescribed by a healthcare professional is needed to prevent illness and death.

Pregnant women can safely receive the rabies vaccine without changing their vaccination schedule. There is no evidence of fetal abnormalities due to vaccination, making it a key preventive measure for expectant mothers. Furthermore, modern rabies vaccines available in Vietnam are safe, pure and highly effective, dispelling misconceptions about their safety.

The price of rabies vaccines varies depending on the institution and type of vaccine, ranging from VND 250,000 to VND 500,000 per dose

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