What are the vaccines that need to take to prevent myself from getting rabies are they the same once that are taken after the bite how long will they take to protect me and how many of those do I need to take ?
Preventive Vaccination (No Exposure)
•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.
•The vaccine should also be considered for:
- People whose activities bring them into frequent
contact with rabies virus or with possibly rabid
- International travelers who are likely to come in
contact with animals in parts of the world where
rabies is common.
The pre-exposure schedule for rabies vaccination is
3 doses, given at the following times:
Dose 1: As appropriate
Dose 2: 7 days after Dose 1
Dose 3: 21 days or 28 days after Dose 1
For laboratory workers and others who may be
repeatedly exposed to rabies virus, periodic testing
for immunity is recommended, and booster doses
should be given as needed. (Testing or booster
doses are not recommended for travelers.) Ask
your doctor for details.
Vaccination After an Exposure
Anyone who has be
There are 2 types of immunization for rabies-
1. Post exposure prophylaxis- That is after you get bitten.
2. Pre-exposure immunization- It is advisable for people with an occupational or recreational risk of rabies exposures, including certain travelers to rabies-endemic areas. Schedule consists of three doses of rabies vaccine given on days 0, 7, and 21 or 28
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