What Is the Rabies Shot for Humans?


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The rabies vaccine for humans is a series of injections administered before exposure to rabies or following a bite by an animal suspected of being infected with the disease, according to Vaccines.gov. People who handle animals or rabies laboratory samples often take the preventive vaccine.

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What Is the Rabies Shot for Humans?
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The preventive rabies vaccine consists of three injections, with the second dose administered seven days after the first, and the third dose administered 21 days after the second, explains Vaccines.gov. A previously inoculated person who receives an animal bite must then receive two additional doses of the vaccine. He receives one right away and the next on the third day.

A person bitten by a rabid animal must receive four doses of the rabies vaccine, states Vaccines.gov. He receives one dose immediately with additional doses on the third, seventh and 14th days. He must also receive a Rabies Immune Globulin injection at the same time as he receives the first dose of the rabies vaccine.

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