Rabies in humans can be prevented by getting rabies shots
- Rabies shots given soon after an exposure will prevent rabies.
- Pre-exposure rabies vaccinations are given to protect those at high risk in case of an exposure and should be considered if you:
- Are at high risk of exposure to rabies, such as veterinarians and animal handlers (including those who work frequently with feral cat colonies).
- Will be traveling in a foreign country and you are likely to come in contact with animals in an area where dog rabies is common and prompt access to appropriate medical care may be limited.
- Pre-exposure vaccine does not eliminate the need for additional medical evaluation after a bite or rabies exposure. There is a cost associated with this vaccine; call the Cecil County Health Department at 410-996-5100 for more information regarding pre-exposure rabies vaccine.