Which medications in the drug class Immune Globulin are used in the treatment of Animal Bites in Emergency Medicine?

Updated: Sep 18, 2018
  • Author: Alisha Perkins Garth, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Immune Globulin

Immune globulins are indicated in previously unvaccinated individuals to provide passive immunity to tetanus when individuals become exposed.

Tetanus immune globulin (HyperTET S/D)

Tetanus immune globulin is used for passive immunization of any person with a wound that might be contaminated with tetanus spores.

Rabies Immune Globulin (Imogam Rabies-HT, HyperRab S/D)

Rabies immune globulin provides passive protection to individuals exposed to rabies virus. About half the dose should be administered into and around the bite wound as much as possible (given anatomic constraints), and the rest given intramuscularly at a site remote from the vaccine administration area in the gluteal or deltoid muscle.


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