Rabies Shots Suggested for 1,000 Girl Scouts

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  1. Jeana (DP)

    Jeana (DP) Former Member

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    I can't believe there are parents who are declining this offer:

    LEESBURG, Virginia (AP) -- Officials notified parents of nearly 1,000 Girl Scouts that their daughters may have been exposed to rabies at a Virginia camp.

    There is only a small chance that any of the girls were infected by bats that were found in some of the sleeping shelters at Camp Potomac Woods, Loudoun County officials said.

    But authorities are erring on the side of caution because about 1 percent of bats carry rabies, a viral disease that is incurable once symptoms appear. Bats can bite children in their sleep without waking them.

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    Last month, the mother of a girl who had attended the camp contacted the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. The girl had told her mother the shelter she slept in had bats living under the eaves.

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    The Loudoun health department sent letters to the parents of about 950 girls who attended the camp through July 22. Most of those contacted have declined to get the vaccine.
    Health officials recommended that 16 girls begin receiving a monthlong series of shots. They include the children authorities believe were most likely to have come in contact with a bat.

    The vaccine consists of six to nine shots, which can cost up to $2,000. The Girl Scouts organization is covering the cost of the shots.

    Camp officials have installed screens on windows, doors and eaves in all 54 of the camp's shelters since the incident.


    http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/06/rabies.scouts.ap/index.html
     
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  3. JBean

    JBean Retired WS Administrator

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    I thought the modern vaccine was 5 shots in the arm. 6 to 9 sounds high. I think pre-exposure is 3 shots.Maybe it is based on weight.
    I'll have to look, but I would be first in line.

    ETA: looks like 6. maybe the additional are based on weight.

    What does the postexposure treatment include?
    An exposed person who has never received any rabies vaccine will first receive a dose of rabies immune globulin (a blood product that contains antibodies against rabies), which gives immediate, short-term protection. This shot should be given in or near the wound area.


    The postexposure treatment also includes five doses of rabies vaccine. The first dose should be given as soon as possible after the exposure. Additional doses should be given on days three, seven, 14, and 28 after the first shot. These shots should be given in the deltoid muscle of the arm. Children can also receive the shots in the muscle of the thigh. Properly administered postexposure treatment for rabies has never been known to fail.

    http://vaccineinformation.org/rabies/qandavax.asp
     
  4. Jeana (DP)

    Jeana (DP) Former Member

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    I'm not sure what the treatment is, but I do know that my kid would be getting it. ;)
     
  5. curious1

    curious1 So broccoli, mother says your good for me,well I'm

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    Wow. In the past didn't it include a serious of shots in the stomach? When I was in my teens I remember a friends younger brother was bitten and I seem to remember that he had to have a series of shots in the stomach. I was told they were painful.
     
  6. JBean

    JBean Retired WS Administrator

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    I''m pretty certtain they don't do that anymore. It goes in the muscle in the arm.
     
  7. beakiebean

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    They are no longer given in the stomach-it's a relatively painless process now-thank god for small favors huh?
     

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