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A 27-year-old female asked:

6 years ago i received the full dose of rabies the rabies post exposure vaccine for a possible exposure. how long does the vaccine last?

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Dr. Howard Shapiro
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Check titer: If you have continued exposure, antibody titer can be checked and, intermittently, 1 cc. can be administered. For a single repeat exposure, two doses are given. The antibodies decrease over time. No one knows for sure how long the effect of the original vaccine will last.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Usually 2 yrs: The CDC recommends those in high risk professions that take this pre-exposure to have a booster at 2 yrs or have blood titers run to verify a level of protection. Six years is a bit long to depend on the last series. I would consult your doc about a booster if you have been exposed or need ongoing protection.

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