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A 19-year-old female asked:

can rabies vaccine cause rabies? i got my 5th dose today and its the end of doses now i'm kinda worried what if i get rabies from it? i got pdev vacc

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Not possible: The vaccine is made from a KILLED virus.
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
No rabies from shot: The rabies vaccine is not a live vaccine; it does not transmit disease. Rabies vaccine is essentially always effective in preventing rabies if it is administered very soon after the exposure (bite) and all of the doses are given, and at the proper time interval. Cases of rabies after vaccine has been given are due to inappropriate vaccine use and consequent rabies disease development.

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A 25-year-old male asked:

How long does post-exposure rabies vaccine last in humans?

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Well...: If you get the complete post-exposure series then the NEXT time you are exposed you are given only 2 shots and no immunoglobulin. If it has been more than 20 years since first series then the whole series will be given again.

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