Vaccine - Rabies

This is a vaccine that decreases the risk of getting rabies, a viral illness usually transmitted through the bite of an infected animal.




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:

  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Bats
  • Foxes

Initial symptoms are similar to other illnesses and include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • General weakness
  • Generalized body discomfort

Later in the illness neurological symptoms more specific to rabies develop. These symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Slight or partial paralysis
  • Hallucinations and agitation
  • Excessive saliva
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fear of water

Unfortunately, after the above symptoms begin, rabies infection is almost always fatal.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends the rabies vaccine for:

  • Veterinarians
  • People who handle animals
  • Lab workers who may be exposed to rabies
  • People who explore caves for enjoyment (due to the risk of exposure to bats)

Other people who should consider the vaccine include those who:

  • Participate in activities that may include contact with rabid animals
  • Travel to countries where rabies is common and may be exposed to rabid animals

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.

  • Do you recommend this vaccine for me, and why?
  • Does this vaccine need boosters, and when?
  • What are the side effects of this vaccine?
  • What are the risks if I do not get the vaccine?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

RabAvert
Imovax
Rabies
Rabies Vaccine


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