• Rabies

A patient recently exposed to a bat received the rabies vaccine series. One of the doses was given in the gluteus. Does this dose count?

No. Doses of rabies vaccine given in the gluteus should not be counted as valid and should be repeated. If repeating the invalid dose results in an interval between doses more than 3 days longer than the recommended interval, then you should perform a rabies serology 7–14 days after administration of the final dose in the series to ensure an adequate immune response to the series. For more information about rabies serology, see www.cdc.gov/rabies/specific_groups/doctors/serology.html.

Last reviewed: May 14, 2023

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