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Where can I find the current recommendations for prevention of rabies?

The ACIP statement (“Human Rabies Prevention-United States, 2008, Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices”) was published in MMWR on May 23, 2008. This document updated the status of rabies and anti-rabies biologics in the United States. To view this document, go to

In March 2010, ACIP eliminated the fifth dose of vaccine given post-exposure to previously unvaccinated persons with no immunosuppression. To view these recommendations, go to

In May 2022, ACIP eliminated the third dose of vaccine given in the primary series for pre-exposure prophylaxis and introduced updated risk categories with customized recommendations for long-term follow up after completion of the 2-dose primary series. To view this document, visit

Last reviewed: May 14, 2023

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