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Who should receive the rabies vaccine?

Rabies vaccine should be given only to people who have reason to think they are in danger of becoming infected with rabies. People who work with animals should almost always be vaccinated, and people who work outdoors and may encounter animals on a less regular basis may also be vaccinated. People traveling to countries where rabies is common should consider vaccination, if they suspect they will encounter animals. Also, people who go caving (spelunking) and may encounter bats should consider vaccination. After rabid animal encounters, more rabies vaccine is usually given, even if the person is already vaccinated. People who come into contact with rabid animals and have not been vaccinated should be given the vaccine immediately, along with rabies immune globulin, in order to fight infection.

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