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ACIP Recommendations

On June 24, 2009 the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted in favor of accepting a recommendation from the ACIP rabies work group to reduce the number of rabies vaccine doses for postexposure prophylaxis (PEP), from 5 doses as recommended in the 2008 ACIP document on Human Rabies Prevention, to 4 doses for most individuals. These recommendations will not become official until accepted by the CDC Director and published in the MMWR.


Vaccine and Immune Globulin Availability

Latest information on rabies vaccine and human rabies immune globulin supplies. Latest update: June 6, 2013.


How Can I Help?

CDC receives calls and e-mails from individuals asking how they can help make a difference in the fight against rabies.



CDC provides continuing education for professionals involved in rabies prevention and control.


State and local rabies consultation contacts

Rabies is a medical urgency not an emergency. Please consult with local or state health officials for recommendations on potential rabies exposure scenarios.


Specimen Submission Guidelines

For more information about how to submit a specimen for testing at CDC, see Rabies Specimen Submission Guidelines