Did you know July is the historic month that the rabies vaccination was the first given to a human? On July 6, 1885 there was a major step forward in modern medicine.
Although not certain the vaccine would work, French microbiologist Louis Pasteur successfully gave the first anti-rabies vaccination to nine-year-old Joseph Meister, who had been bitten by an infected dog. Pasteur, who had first tested the rabies vaccine on dogs, was a pioneer in using vaccines to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Look where we are now?
Rabies is a serious disease. It is caused by a virus that mainly lives in animals, but if humans are are bitten by an infected animal, the virus can have serious consequences.
At first there might not be any symptoms. But weeks, or even months after a bite, rabies can cause pain, fatigue, headaches, fever, and irritability. These are followed by seizures, hallucinations, and paralysis. Human rabies is almost always fatal.
People at high risk of exposure to rabies, such as veterinarians, animal handlers, rabies laboratory workers, spelunkers, and rabies biologics production workers should be offered rabies vaccine.
Interested in learning more about the rabies vaccination? Ask your doctor.Tags: anti-rabies vaccination, Joseph Meister, Louis Pasteur, rabies history, rabies vaccine, vaccination history, vaccinations