Rabies is preventable by vaccines, so it’s better to vaccinate first. Vaccines are:
- Minimally painful
Pre-exposure Vaccination The inoculation prepares the body to fight against rabies and can be done at any age.
The advantages of prophylactic vaccination are:
- After being bitten by any mammal, a vaccinated person requires only 1 or 2 doses of the vaccine in their treatment, and the treatment will be more effective
- No risk of allergy or pain that can come from injection of a rabies immune globulin, which is part of the required treatment for unvaccinated individuals
- With less expensive injections, treatment is cheaper
Pre-exposure Vaccination is suitable for people who are at risk of contracting rabies, such as those who live in areas with active rabies outbreaks, tourists entering an endemic area, or those who have a profession related to raising or caring for dogs, cats, or other mammals.