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What should I know about Imovax Rabies before using it?

You should know that receiving Imovax Rabies will consist of a series of three (pre-exposure protection) or four (post-exposure treatment) intramuscular (IM) injections over a period of three or four weeks. It may be administered to people at high risk of rabies virus infection (veterinarians and others) for pre-exposure protection or, along with rabies immune globulin, to people who have good reason to believe that they have been exposed to the virus (bitten by a wild animal). The doctor prescribing Imovax for you needs to know your medical history, including all medications. Certain health conditions, such as a weakened immune system from disease (HIV infection and others) or drugs (cancer chemotherapy and others), may cause insufficient immune response to the vaccine. If you have a serious infection and want a pre-exposure vaccination, you should wait until you feel better before starting the Imovax series. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should weigh the benefits and risks of getting a rabies vaccine. Imovax may not prevent infection of the rabies virus in all people.

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