As many as 6% of people receiving booster doses of
rabies vaccine (HDCV) as part of a pre- or
postexposure vaccination regimen experience an allergic reaction. The reaction
is rare in people receiving first-time (primary) immunization.1 Symptoms include:
These symptoms are never life-threatening. If symptoms are serious,
other vaccines such as RVA or PCEC can be given instead of HDCV on the same
American Academy of Pediatrics (2009). Rabies. In LK Pickering et al., eds., Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 28th ed., pp. 552–559. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
August 27, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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