Rabies Vaccine for Travel

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives this advice for travelers.

  • The rabies vaccine is a three-shot series. Make sure to schedule the first shot at least 21 days before your trip.
  • If you want the rabies vaccine and will also be taking mefloquine or chloroquine to prevent malaria, finish your series of rabies vaccines before you start to take those other medicines. They could interfere with the antibody response to the rabies vaccine. (But you can get the postexposure rabies vaccine at the same time as the malaria drugs without any problem.)

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease

Current as ofMay 22, 2015