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Is rabies vaccine save to take just as precaution on trip to africa?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree

In brief: It is safe.

Depending on one's itinerary, per exposure Rabies Vaccine can be appropriate.

In brief: It is safe.

Depending on one's itinerary, per exposure Rabies Vaccine can be appropriate.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine

In brief: Safe but

If going on a short trip < 2-3 weeks, only reasons to get Rabies Vaccine is (& this are reasonable) if getting bitten or scratched would require evacuation to location where rabies globulin is available.
Having rabies series allows you to skip rabies globulin & just have more rabies vaccine--but you still need more attention and vaccines if bitten. On short trip, careful avoidance might be enough.

In brief: Safe but

If going on a short trip < 2-3 weeks, only reasons to get Rabies Vaccine is (& this are reasonable) if getting bitten or scratched would require evacuation to location where rabies globulin is available.
Having rabies series allows you to skip rabies globulin & just have more rabies vaccine--but you still need more attention and vaccines if bitten. On short trip, careful avoidance might be enough.
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
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