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What are the side effects of the rabies vaccine?

Common side effects are headaches, itching, chills, dizziness or weakness, stomach pain, muscle discomfort, fatigue, minor fever and short-term soreness in the area where the injection was administered. These generally do not require a doctor's visit unless they become severe. More serious side effects include: numbness, joint pain, paralysis, visible problems with the injection area, facial swelling and other signs of serious allergic reaction. If you have been given rabies vaccine and experience these or other worrisome side effects, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

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