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5.4.7 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 [1]?
No. Rabies vaccine is a life saving vaccine and should not be withheld to anyone who has been exposed.

I am pregnant, is it safe for me to get PEP?
Yes. Rabies vaccine is a life-saving vaccine and should not be withheld to anyone who 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 who has been exposed. If you are immunocompromised, you should receive PEP under the personal care of a physician.

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 who 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.


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