What should I know about the rabies vaccine before receiving it?

Before receiving the rabies vaccine, tell your doctor if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients in the vaccine or to eggs. If you have minor illnesses, such as a cold, you can be vaccinated. If you are moderately or severely ill, you should probably wait until you recover before getting a routine (non-exposure) dose of rabies vaccine. If you have been exposed to the rabies virus, you should get the vaccine regardless of any other illnesses you may have. Some medications or treatments, such as anti-malarials, aminoquinolines, radiation therapy or corticosteroids, may interact with the rabies vaccine, so talk to your doctor about all of the medications that you take and health conditions that you have, before receiving the rabies vaccine. Pregnant or breastfeeding women, who have the choice, may want to wait until they are no longer pregnant or breastfeeding before being vaccinated. However, if you think you have been exposed to rabies, you should speak with your doctor right away.  

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