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Is it true that a rabies vaccine isn't as painful as it used to be?

In the past, rabies vaccine used to require up to three weeks of painful, daily injections in the stomach area. Today's rabies vaccine requires fewer injections, are given in the arm and have few serious side effects. Side effects include:
  • a sore, red, swollen or itchy spot on the arm where the shot was given
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • muscle aches

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