International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine
International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine
Vol. 2, Issue 2, Part B (2019)

Safety of purified chick embryo cell rabies vaccine administered in previously vaccinated animal handlers working in a biological park

Author(s): Anwith HS, Nitu Kumari, Ramya MP and Ravish HS
Abstract: Background: Wild animal handlers are at continuous risk of exposure to rabies. They have to be protected against rabies by pre-exposure rabies vaccination and regular booster doses.
Methodology: The study was conducted in a biological park in Karnataka during October 2018. Animal handlers working in the various capacities at the park and having taken three primary doses of anti-rabies vaccine as pre-exposure prophylaxis were the study subjects. The booster dose of anti- rabies vaccine was administered by a team of trained vaccinators. After the vaccination all the subjects were observed for any adverse reactions for thirty minutes; subsequently the subjects were followed up for any adverse drug reactions through telephone for a period of 30 days.
Results: The study included 198 subjects with a mean age of 38.1 + 12 years. Only 8 adverse reactions were reported from 8 subjects immediately following vaccination. The adverse reactions were itching 3 (1.5%) & redness 5 (2.5%); which subsided without any complications. None of the subjects developed systemic or delayed adverse reactions.
Conclusion: Booster dose rabies vaccination with purified chick embryo cell rabies vaccine is safe in previously vaccinated animal handlers.
Pages: 136-138  |  105 Views  37 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Anwith HS, Nitu Kumari, Ramya MP and Ravish HS. Safety of purified chick embryo cell rabies vaccine administered in previously vaccinated animal handlers working in a biological park. International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine. 2019; 2(2): 136-138. DOI: 10.33545/comed.2019.v2.i2b.20