Georgia residents are often reminded of the importance of keeping themselves and their children vaccinated to prevent the spread of certain devastating communicable diseases. In some areas, children cannot enroll in school if they do not have current shots for some diseases, and health officials see vaccinations as a way to improve the overall health of the entire national population. However, humans are not the only ones who have to get shots. Dogs and cats are often required to stay current on certain vaccinations, one of which covers the deadly disease rabies.
Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous systems of its victims. It can cause serious complications like insomnia, paralysis, and other side effects, and when it is left untreated, it can be deadly. It is also one of the few illnesses that dogs can carry that can be transmitted to humans through bites.
If the victim of a dog bite does not know if the attacking dog was current on its rabies shots at the time of the incident, then that person may need to enter a rabies treatment protocol. That protocol can involve shots to ward off the disease and protect the health of the victim.
When it cannot be determined whether a dog is vaccinated, that dog may have to be quarantined for 10 days for observation. However, most humans attacked by dogs with questionable rabies vaccinations may have to begin their protocols much sooner than 10 days after their attacks to protect their health.
This post provides no legal or medical advice to its readers. It is offered as an important reminder to dog bite victims that seeking medical attention can be imperative to protecting one’s health. After recovering from a dog bite attack, victims should then consider working with personal injury attorneys to learn more about their rights.