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How long does rabies vaccine protect you

A female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Rabies vax: The duration of immunity for humans given two injection vaccination course was found to be between two to three years. With a booster dose, 98% of imm... Read More
Dr. Ratna Dhingra
Pediatrics 44 years experience
No you do not: Rabies vaccine provides immunity for 2 years.Since you received recent immunisation you do not need to be immunised again.

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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
From that dog !: Vaccinating a dog for rabies prior to their exposure does remove that dog from being a future source of rabies. It would not reduce the chance any lo... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 34 years experience
Don't count on it: The protection after rabies vaccination gradually decreases, so even if you've been vaccinated a booster series of 2 doses is recommended if you have ... Read More
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
Wash First: Clean the scratch with soap and water for a good 5 minutes--then head to emergency room. Even vaccinated you may still need rabies vaccine, just not a... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Completed series: The protection from a completed series is estimated @ 2 years. Those in constant contact with the virus (wildlife workers, veterinarians, etc) are scr... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes: The incubation period for rabies infection can be very long even up to 6 years.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Manuel Lopez diaz
Emergency Medicine 28 years experience
Days: if all vaccines were taken you mY have been producing antibodies on your own against it. but remember rabies is produced by a virus and no vaccine i... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Difficult question: depends on type of rexposure, was it bite? is the animal around? so it can be kept under observation for the 10 dayy period, is the animal vaccinated?... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Should be: Published guidelines suggest someone that has completed the full initial series will have protective antibody levels for at least 2 years. Those in oc... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Hard to say: You get 2 years of dependable protection from the rabies series, with less thereafter.It might be enough for a true exposure, but they advise boosters... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Confusing question: If you have completed a primary series of the rabies vaccine it should provide protection for 2 years from the date of completion. Some will benefit f... Read More

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