5.5.6. Are there any conditions that might affect post-exposure prophylaxis?

My baby was bitten by a suspect rabid animal, is he/she too young to get PEP?
No. Rabies vaccine is a life saving vaccine and should not be withheld to anyone that has been exposed.

I am pregnant, is it safe for me to get PEP?
Yes. Pregnancy is not a contraindication for PEP. Rabies vaccine is a life saving vaccine and should not be withheld to anyone that has been exposed.

I am immunocompromised, is it safe for me to get PEP?
Yes. Rabies vaccine is a life saving vaccine and should not be withheld to anyone that has been exposed. If you are immunocompromised, you should receive PEP under the personal care of a physician. Antibody levels may need to be checked to ensure an adequate response to vaccine has been made. You may need to get one or more further vaccine shots to ensure you are developing adequate antibody levels. No deaths due to rabies are known in people who are immunocompromised and received timely full PEP.

I have a fever, should I wait to receive PEP?
No. Rabies vaccine is a life saving vaccine and should not be withheld to anyone that has been exposed. You should receive PEP under the personal care of a physician.

Can I drink alcohol during my course of vaccination?
Excessive consumption of alcohol should be avoided.

PEP = Post-exposure prophylaxis




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