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Who should not receive the rabies vaccine?

The benefits of receiving the rabies vaccine injection after encountering a potentially rabid animal greatly outweigh the risks of developing a rabies infection, which almost always ends in death. That said, people who have a serious illness, are taking anti-malarials, aminoquinolines, corticosteroids, are undergoing radiation therapy or are pregnant or breastfeeding may want to delay receiving the vaccine if it is being given to prevent potential infections, but they have not been exposed to the rabies infection. People who are allergic to ingredients in the rabies vaccine should not be given the vaccine.

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