Although cases of rabies in humans are rare in the United States, thousands of persons receive rabies prophylaxis each year. The following approach to prevention is based on a contemporary interpretation of both the risk of infection and the efficacy of treatment and incorporates the basic concepts of the WHO Expert Committee on Rabies (1).
The problem of whether or not to immunize those bitten or scratched by animals suspected of being rabid is a perplexing one for physicians. All available methods of systemic treatment are complicated by numerous instances of adverse reactions, a few of which have resulted in
Rabies Prophylaxis: Recommendation of the U. S. Public Health Service Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Ann Intern Med. ;67:159–163. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-67-1-159
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