I need some advice from anyone who knows the definitive place to go for rabies shots. I can't seem to get any straight talk from anyone around Atlanta so far. Best I've got so far is go to the ER, but I'm a little reluctant to drop my $250 ER copay (times 3 of us perhaps) on something that would be an abundance of caution since there is no confirmed contact.
Had an incident on Thursday with a bat in my house... I helped it out a window and then ended up reading all this really lovely stuff on the net about "bat in house protocol" which includes killing the sucker to have it tested for rabies. Seems bats are the main instigators of rabies in humans. While they are not the most proliferated carriers of the disease (that belongs to raccoons), their bites often go unnoticed in that that may not be felt or leave a mark. So, when the unusual circumstance of a bat in a house occurs, the protocol is to get rabies shots if the bat was in the house overnite (if you don't have the dead bat to test). Now, based on what I've been able to gather - with the help of urban wildlife control - I think its highly likely that I discovered the bat when it entered my bedroom through the wall (floorboard or something), and therefore highly unlikely that the bat was in the house overnite. However, I can't rule it out.
Anybody had to go through anything somewhat similar and have any experience to share?