This is a vaccine that decreases the risk of getting rabies, a viral illness usually transmitted through the bite of an infected animal.
The rabies vaccine is given to prevent disease before and after exposure to the rabies virus. The rabies virus is usually transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. The most commonly infected animals are:
Initial symptoms are similar to other illnesses and include:
Later in the illness neurological symptoms more specific to rabies develop. These symptoms include:
Unfortunately, after the above symptoms begin, rabies infection is almost always fatal.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends the rabies vaccine for:
Other people who should consider the vaccine include those who:
Contact your healthcare provider to see if you have been exposed to, or are at risk for, infection with the rabies virus. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the combination hepatitis vaccine.
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